It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 11, Book 17

We are so often caught up in our destination that we forget to appreciate the journey, especially the goodness of the people we meet on the way. Appreciation is a wonderful feeling, don't overlook it. 

April 11th - The journey to Easter

Along our journey we will be confronted with many situations, some will be filled with joy, and some will be filled with heartache. How we react to what we are faced will determine what kind of outcome the rest of our journey through life will be like.

 Susan Samaroo

There are many times we forget to appreciate every moment of our journey   We long for the house to be clean, but hate the steps to get there. We look forward to reaching a desired weight but suffer through the diet or the exercise. We desire the college degree, but despise the homework assignments along the way. We live for the weekend when our work will be done, but complain about the idea of Monday morning coming again so soon.

When joy is only found in the final product, the rest of our lives are experienced as something to be avoided, endured, or suffered through.  This approach of only appreciating joy in the outcome robs us of countless moments along the way. We need to lay aside any anxieties about the future or bitter regrets about the past.

 Be mindful in every moment and each step of the journey. There is indeed great joy to be found in the process, not just in the outcome.

Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived. 



betty said...

So true to treasure snd cherish every moment of our lives for that moment won't come again. Our journey of life will take us on many paths, we just have to realize this too will pass when going through tough times.


jack69 said...

The first half of my life I was in a hurry to reach a destination. THEN one day Sherry and I decided to take our time and enjoy EVERY DAY and every mile. It changed our perspective on life. Very good entry!

Mevely317 said...

For so long -- too long -- I moved unconsciously through my days, just waiting for the weekend, for the vacation, etc.
Now that I've a lot more yesterdays then tomorrows, I'm making a concerted effort to look around, breathe deeply and smile.

Rick Watson said...

It's easy to get swamped by the minutia of life and not enjoy what's around us.
The sensation of mowing the lawn is a good example. If I stop dreading it and
just do it, I love the smell and the way things look when the job is finished.


It is the journey not the outcome that is most important as you state. "What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived. "