Thematic Resources for “Vision” – September 2018

Resources for the theme of Vision for the month of September 2018

Questions for reflection – 

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  1. Carl Jung  – “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart.  Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.”
  2. Loren Eiseley –  “It is a commonplace of all religious thought, even the most primitive, that the [person] seeking visions and insight must go apart from [their] fellows and live for a time in the wilderness.”
  3. Rabbi Stephen Wise –  “Vision looks inward and becomes duty.  Vision looks outward and becomes aspiration.  Vision looks upward and becomes faith.”
  4. Bhikkhu Bodhi “All human activity can be viewed as an interplay between two contrary but equally essential factors — vision and repetitive routine… When one factor prevails at the expense of the other, the consequences are often undesirable.”
  5. John C. Maxwell – “Failed plans should not be interpreted as a failed vision. Visions don’t change, they are only refined. Plans rarely stay the same and are scrapped or adjusted as needed. Be stubborn about the vision, but flexible with your plan.”


  1. People & Ideas to Change Your Life by Jay Walljasper & Jon Spayde
  2. On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation by  Alexandra Horowitz  
  3. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  4. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Books for Young People

    1. World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements by John Hunter
    2. Dream Big by Kat Kronenber
    3. Children’s Visions of the Future: 2007-2008 Juried Art Exhibition  
    4. Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle (Author), Rafael López (Illustrator)  


  1. Invictus  – Nelson Mandela and team captain Francois Pienaar integrate South Africa’s national rugby team.
  2. Seraphine about French artist Seraphine Louis who was working as a maid when discovered by an art critic in 1912 Paris.
  3. WALL-E, Disney-Pixar’s animated tale of future full environmental destruction where the robot assigned to clean up the mess has the heart to inspire humans to change for the better.
  4. IRIS – a documentary about designer Iris Apfel, whose life teaches us to see through our own eyes.


  1. Peace Train by Yusuf Islam  
  2. One Day (with No Woman No Cry mash up) by Matisyahu
  3. Head Full Of Doubt/Road Full Of Promise by The Avett Brothers
  4. A Better Life by Grace VanderWaal

Activities for All Ages

  1. Make A Vision Board! Great instructions for doing this with young people on this video:
  2. Create a Center-Peace for the family table. Don’t wait for special holidays to set the table in a sacred manner.
  3. The Field, Cube, Ladder and Flower Personality Test  Predictive games which tell you about yourself and your dreams are one way to create a vision for the future. Take this online test together and find out about your visions for life.
  4. Make Pinwheels for Peace. Directions here: