“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” Helen Keller

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By James Shone

As somebody who now lives with approximately 10 percent vision this quote really rings true.  Vision and a sense of destination in our journies offers us a real sense of purpose and hope which can be an effective way of alleviating any sense of hopelessness, low mood and depression.  When I am speaking in schools to staff, pupils or parents about inflating balloons of self belief I talk about how vital it is to offer young people a vision and a sense of destiny. We must encourage them to dream dreams based on their passions and their natural qualities and not their exam results. After all they are not academic robots but human beings with potential.

I particularly encourage staff and parents to be observers and to notice when young people come to life. This should be what affects their destiny more than how they perform in the classroom. By noticing and encouraging a sense of vision for where and what a young person might do we can truly affect their well being.


10th September 2019

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