Friday, September 14, 2012

The Road to Getting "There"... Enjoying The Journey...

There are so many decisions that we have to make throughout life; so many situations we need to go through, venture through, and overcome. There are so many needs and so many wants we feel we need to uncover and acquire. There are so many mileposts in our lives, and it’s almost as if we wouldn’t feel complete if we didn’t make sure to systematically go through them like necessary “check points” or “tolls”.
There are so many goals that we set for ourselves that give us purpose, direction and lastly destination. However, we need to understand and appreciate that the achievement of all the goals we set for ourselves (arriving to our destinations) is nothing compared to appreciating the journey and the experience gained through it.
Value the journey more than the destination…

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.
- Greg Anderson

The journey, in its reality, will teach you so much. It will open your mind and eyes to many experiences that will shape you along the way; achieving and reaching the destination is the sum of all of your efforts and your wishes coming true.
I tend to believe that this journey called life is more important than your destination and this is because it’s the greater part of your life. But no matter which one you find more important, you have to enjoy the process.

Put it in perspective for yourself… Process or result? What’s more important?

Going through school, ultimately what was/is more important: All that you are learning or getting the diploma? When bringing a child in this world, what was/is more important: The welcoming home of your child or the journey side by side in shaping him (her) from day 1 to adulthood?
When working, is enjoying every step of what you do more important than any results of that work?
When you invent (come up with ideas, or create), isn’t that act of accomplishing (the process) more important and fulfilling than the creation itself?
Believing in a cause and entering the journey of seeing it through; isn’t that the most gratifying part?
Belief…Faith…that invisible hand that leads you through it all…
But mostly… as death is a part of our destiny, with no specific time stamps; doesn’t that simple fact talk to us on how we should enjoy our life and the process of living it, making the idea of destination irrelevant…

“The best teachers have showed me that things have to be done bit by bit. Nothing that means anything happens quickly--we only think it does. The motion of drawing back a bow and sending an arrow straight into a target takes only a split second, but it is a skill many years in the making. So it is with a life, anyone's life. I may list things that might be described as my accomplishments in these few pages, but they are only shadows of the larger truth, fragments separated from the whole cycle of becoming” 
~ Joseph Bruchac

I know that I don’t want to reach old age and look at my life with the realization that I wasted the best years of my life by chasing ideologies and goals, instead of enjoying every step of what made me, and made my character… my journey.
It is not where you end up in a moment of your life, it is not where you finish the course, goal or objective you set yourself; it is actually the way you get to the destination or work towards accomplishing the goals you’ve set for yourself that holds value… but in the end, we may all just find out that the journey and the destination are one in the same…

How about you? What do you feel is most important, having the drive and achieving your goals or the process of achieving those goals? Does the excitement, the rewards measured by the accomplishment or the different steps in making it happen? 

To enjoying our journey…


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