Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Journey

The journey in most cases, can be just as much fun as the destination and in some cases, better. So many of us are in such a hurry to get the things that we want, that we forget to “smell the roses” along the way. As we get older we become more aware of the journey and reflect on the aspects of the journey we enjoyed. This obviously is related to the fact that the older you get, the more of a past you have. We look back and smile at the good and bad times we experienced, that got us to where we are today. We find warmth and found remembrance in “the journey”. Think about two these examples:

1. When we first started dating, at times it felt tortuous to go through the newness of the relationship. The first time holding hands, the first kiss, the first fight and many other first were not as exciting as you now may remember them to be. At the time we just wanted everything to be perfect and were in a hurry to get to a certain level of comfort not realizing that it was the discomfort that was exiciting and fun. Now looking back, although they were not the easiest times, those were some of the best times of the relationship

2. When we buy a new home, we want it to be perfect the day we move in but in most cases cannot afford to do all the work at once. We slowly but surely begin to add furnishing, remodel, paint and do many other things to get it just the way we want it. We hurry to get it all done so it can be “perfect”. Once everything is “perfect”, a lot of people will chose to move or change styles and start all over again. If it was the journey that was going to fulfill them, why is it that once they get there they want change again? No matter what, they will always look back fondly and with admiration on all the work they had done (The Journey).

Like these two examples, there are many more I could give. The idea is that every day is the journey and the final destination is when it is all over. Slow down, smell the roses and enjoy the journey. Realize that even the very things you may be complaining about today will be missed and laughed about later.
If you can really get in this mind set, you can learn to enjoy even the worst of situations because you will have the ability to look at the present as if though you are looking at it from the future. That perspective will show things for what they truly are and bring you comfort.


Mary L said...

Loved this. It's not always easy to remember b/c we get caught up in the routine, hecticness, and "work" of our daily lives - spending more time complaining than living and enjoying the moment (even the mundane ones.)

This Sunday, the gospel was excellent. I really felt the reading was speaking to me, and I am still trying to figure out exactly the message, but I think it has a lot to do with what you posted.

Check it out - Luke 10:39-42 (just google it.)

td said...

Great post. It's funny because my friend and I were just talking about this the other day (the first example you gave).
The beginning of a relationship is always fun and exciting. People like to rush through or past those little things (like holding hands for the first time). Those little things are great moments