2020 Vision

Evaluating our intentions halfway through a wacky year

Words by Alicia Woodward

Way back in late December, most of us looked ahead to the new year with enthusiastic focus and clarity. Six long months later, it might seem our attempt at 2020 vision was blindsided.

We never saw it coming!

The coronavirus pandemic. A presidential impeachment. Record-breaking unemployment. Wildfires. US drone assassination. Murder hornets. A global shut-down. Deadly plane and helicopter crashes. Social unrest. Saharan dust clouds. An imploding economy. It's enough to forget the UK left the EU and Harry and Meghan packed up their baby and left Buckingham Palace.

In times like these, we're tempted to throw all that vision stuff right out the window, but having a clear focus for our lives is even more crucial during uncertain times. Truth be told, people have always lived in chaotic times. That’s the human condition.

An extra wacky year is no time to abandon our resolve to live a more intentional life. “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision,” wrote Helen Keller.

Since we are halfway in, now is a good time to check-in and see how we’re doing. My own vision for 2020 was encapsulated in the word seasons. Come along with me to see how I’m doing so far, particularly in light of the unexpected pandemic.

Evaluating our vision for the year brings it back into focus and reminds us to make it a daily priority. So what was your 2020 vision, and how’s it going? There are still six months left in this crazy wonderful year. What do you intend to do with those months, weeks, days, and hours?

Nelson Mandela offered this wisdom:

“Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely day dreaming, but vision with action can change the world.”

Alicia Woodward

Alicia is a retired teacher, an empty-nester, and a writer. She is an optimist who tries to keep life as simple and joyful as possible. She has degrees in journalism and secondary English education and taught middle school literature and language arts for 28 years. Along the way, she worked at several newspapers as a copywriter, reporter, and columnist. She co-authored the book Lessons in Loveliness with a dear co-worker with whom she wrote a blog by the same name. She and her husband, Mike, live a simple life on a quiet lake in Brown County, Indiana. They have four grown children and a six-year-old grandson. When they aren’t enjoying family or nature, Mike is cooking something spicy while Alicia is writing something cheery.

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