Call it whatever you want, visioning really does work

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Posted 7/26/16 (Tue)

Whines & Roses
By Cecile Wehrman

A few years ago a book called “The Secret” had a lot of folks creating a laundry list of what they wanted their world to look like under the belief that if you can vision it, the “law of attraction” will bring it to your doorstep.
A key in the philosophy is that in order to truly make the vision manifest, one must hold it in mind as if it already exists and never waver from feeling as you would feel if the vision were already a physical reality.
It may seem like a bunch of new age mumbo jumbo or even bother some people that the theory seems to espouse the use of God as a personal vending machine to deliver abundance. But if you don’t go too deep down that rabbit hole, applying the idea of visioning to a community, it can be very useful.
For what else do you call it when a new daycare center begins to rise from the ruins of an old bowling alley? Didn’t it take a lot of people collectively holding a vision in order to make that happen in Crosby? A group of parents and providers got together regularly to discuss the need for a better facility, though many times, over a period of several years, the cause appeared absolutely hopeless.
The same was true for the Crosby Community Center. Curling, hockey and general recreation folk held on to the vision of a new recreational facility for Crosby for YEARS before their goal became manifest in a $3.1 million facility.
As Tioga prepares to launch its own drive toward a new community center, the hope is that the vision -- long held as it has been by so many people for so long -- will manifest itself fairly quickly. 
Whether you ascribe to “The Secret,” believe in the “law of attraction” or practice praying for abundance, the physical reality of everything around us lends proof that if people hold a vision long enough, they will find a way to bring it into physical form.
It seems having like-minded fellow visioners also has an impact -- many hands (or minds) making light work of heavy tasks.
You only need look around any small North Dakota community to see the fruit of collective visioning -- in our telephone and utility co-ops, in our schools and public infrastructure. It’s not “if you build it, they will come,” but “If you can see it, it will eventually become real.”

On the Totten Trail
Perhaps the flipside of visioning something out of nothing is taking something old and making it new again. 
Steve Andrist writes in his column this week about a visit to Ft. Totten, which I also had the pleasure of making with fellow North Dakota Newspaper Association board members.
I had no idea the treat awaiting us, having never before traveled to the south shore of Devils Lake. It kind of amazes me to think I never had reason before to venture south of U.S. 2.
But, each summer, the NDNA board tries to take the chore out of its quarterly meeting, inviting us to meet in some unique locale. One year we stayed at the castle in Regent and saw all the large metal sculptures along the highway. Another year, we attended Minot’s Bacon and Brew at the Zoo event.
This year, President Sara Plum of Maddock invited us to her neck of the woods. We held our meeting at the Ft. Totten National Game Preserve and spent a night at the Totten Trail Historic Inn.
It was almost like “Night at the Museum” except no historical figures came to life. 
However, surrounded by the many period furnishings and lush Victorian decor of the Inn, a visitor couldn’t help feeling as if suspended in another time.
The rooms were so plush, the atmosphere so peaceful and the appointment of each room so unique and welcoming, I slept like a baby in what was, once upon a time, the officer’s quarters of a military outpost built in 1867.
It took a lot of vision to transform such a site into a bed and breakfast, not to mention a lot of money and love of history.
There’s really nothing secret about this process. Whatever humans build -- or repurpose -- stems first from an idea -- a vision. 
Prayer may help bring it to fruition and many hands seem to add to the chance for success.