With 20/20 Vision
With the start of this new year, I want to not only keep you apprised of what is happening at Aurora Colony Vineyards but also weave in some life lessons that I hope will contribute to you as a whole person this year. Good thinking, great food and estate wine, and a time to meet and celebrate life – that’s what I want for 2020.
Since this is 2020, let’s use the concept of perfect vision – 20/20 – and target some life goals for the year.
My favorite TV ad this past Christmas came from Microsoft. It starts with the wonder of a magical computer tablet which translated Japanese to English for a little girl’s mother. This darling little girl, upon seeing Santa’s reindeer in her yard raced out with the tablet, and then proceeded to ask the reindeer questions, which were translated into reindeer “speak.” “I have a lot of questions!” she says. “Is Mrs. Claus a good cook? What does Santa do in the summer? Can you roller skate or ice skate?” I love that ad. So incredibly creative. So much so I almost forget what the ad is promoting.
But the sequel is true for us, though without a magical computer tablet. We have various life lenses we look through to understand life. They span the gamut of joy and sorrow, gain and loss, life and death, health and loss of health, crushing disappointments and surprising unexpected additions to our life.
I think our magic tablet of life lets us also ask big questions: Why was I born into this family? Why does life seem so unfair? Why do the bad guys seem to win? Why aren’t I appreciated for who I am?
I think of these questions being at two levels: First, our days and our lives are authored by something bigger than ourselves: Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice today and be glad.” In other words, no one woke up this morning and commanded his or her heart, “Begin to beat!” This day is a gift, and we have the privilege and the obligation to use it well and live it well. God is the source of life which means life both has meaning and the answers to challenges we face.
Second, life is more than just living and breathing. It is living well, or in the words of the Old Testament, living wisely. Proverbs 9:10 says “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Fear of the LORD is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” Wisdom in the Old Testament comes from the Hebrew word hackma, which means skillful living. It means looking at life and skillfully weaving our lives around thought, knowledge, contemplation, listening more than talking, and keeping God at the center of our being.
For this 20/20 year, I want to encourage you to live with forethought and careful consideration, valuing every day we have. We really only have four important resources: relationships, time, opportunities, and financial resources. Join me for this exciting year using our 20/20 vision.
– John Moore