Vision vs. Envision

By Linda Donaldson

To watch, observe or record visually, we all exercise our basic capacity to see. By contrast, to imagine, perceive or conjure the presence of something exhibits our capacity to envision.  Many might say that anyone with eyesight can see the world around themselves every day and even capture it in photographs.

Facebook is flooded with selfies and shared images of life’s most basic celebrations – weddings, birthdays, graduations, retirements, anniversaries, engagements, reunions. Many posts feature the antics of children or pets, and humorous cartoons and clever sayings abound.

Occasionally posts appear picturing sunrises, sunsets or flowers with an added literary or biblical quote. In Memoriam posts inspire deep reflections from friends and family – recalling the deceased’s best qualities, favorite stories, exceptional acts of kindness or courage, rare hobbies or dedication to causes or charities. Faith and hope are their predominant themes.

Few are given the insight, though, to sense the profound, life-altering people and experiences that await around every corner. Among these few are the authors.

Memoirists and poets think deeply and share their insights, crafting metaphors for life, love, death and joy that resonate and cause us to reflect. Non-fiction writers and essayists bring history into perspective and celebrate even the tiniest aspects of daily life. Fiction authors – creating plots, characters, and settings – build whole worlds for us breathlessly read about, identify with and escape into.

Our Literary Journal welcomes submissions on the theme of Visions from any genre. The entire spectrum of literature beckons. Click here for a link to our Submission Guidelines. Our deadline is April 30th.

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