Awakening Your Potential to Create a Better World
According to Peter L. Benson, the capacity to generate vision is among life’s most beautiful and unheralded gifts. To him, a vision is more than just a goal, more than just a dream of what could be—it is a summons, a pull towards the future, an inspired call to make real that which should be. In Vision: Awakening Your Potential to Create a Better World, Benson takes readers on an uplifting exploration of this powerful concept.
Starting with examples of great visionary moments in history, such as the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, he crafts a working definition of “vision” and what it means to be visionary. He proceeds by profiling the personalities behind some of the great visions that have shaped our world, covering a diverse set of individuals ranging from presidents who pulled the country through tough times to children whose efforts helped put an end to child labor. Throughout, Benson shares personal insights on his own “big picture” vision and offers instructive questions and exercises that will help reflective readers craft their own visions.
This little book of practical inspiration makes it clear that vision is a necessary ingredient of meaningful change. Readers will appreciate Benson’s warm and personal approach as well as his interactive approach, which will help anyone come to understand his or her own social and spiritual potential. Vision will be useful to those seeking to find their place and purpose in the world, whether they are new graduates, professionals, parents, or retirees.
1. Vision / 3
2. Visionary / 21
3. Vision & the Social Good / 47
4. Vision & the Human Soul / 89
5. Creating One’s Personal Vision / 109
Further Reading / 119