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.
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.