The world expects us to push ourselves to do more, faster, finish the never-ending list, and move to the next great item guaranteed to make our day. We spend our time working hard and achieving our goals. They say attaining the goal is our reward. We buy into the mindset, the lifestyle. We attain our objectives and realize we are disappointed when we don’t experience the fulfillment they promised.
But the destination does not encompass the entire journey. Planning is its own award. Which route do we prefer? What mode of transportation? Will we explore unanticipated opportunities and side trips? Creating a plan shifts our point of view and prepares us for the new venture. We become more aware of our surroundings, more cognizant of our choices, and we increase our willingness to rely on ourselves.
Each day brings improvement. We accumulate small wins, celebrating memorable achievements with precious Kodak moments shared with our fellow travelers. If we are honest, we discover that surprising pleasure and unexpected fun lies along the path, the places we see, the characters we met, the lives we touch. Thrills exist in the struggles and the joy of helping each other. Those are the tales that connect our souls and the stories we need to tell. Those are the journeys readers yearn to follow.
How do you celebrate the journey?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer