Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Lesson That's About the Journey

It's about the journey! Right? Isn't that what life is really all about. It's not about growing older. Or dying. It is about the journey.


Can you imagine if you went on a trip but were blindfolded? How would the journey be? You would still get to where you were going. But you would miss seeing the fields of wheat gently waving in the breeze. You wouldn't see the river roaring under the bridge as you crossed. Those wild flowers growing in the ditches would be a mystery to you. I wouldn't enjoy the journey! Would you?

One of the things my mom used to say: "It's not the years but the miles that matter". How true that is. You can pass through each day and never enjoy the journey and you will still be as old as you are. But it is those miles you have traveled that make you who you are.
 

So my advice to each of you is to Enjoy the Journey. We will still get to where we are going in the end. We will still make it to the finish line. What do you think? Do you focus on the journey?

I wish that I had focused more on the journey sooner in my life. How about you?










35 comments:

  1. I have to agree; I wished I concentrated more on the journey earlier. I just wonder how I got to be the age I am right now. Where did those years go?

    betty

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    1. Betty, I think it takes us getting older and wiser to know that we should be focusing on the journey not just getting through today! I can't believe that I am already 64 years old.

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  2. Hi Paula .. I love your mother's quote - so very true ... and yes we don't seem to enjoy each and every day do we ... we get on with the things we need to do .. and have to do .. I definitely didn't start early enough .. cheers Hilary

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    1. I heard her say that about a million times when I was growing up. And now I know what she was talking about!

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  3. So very true. Love your mom's qoute. I usually just focus on the day and not my journey threw life. I probably should start. Enjoying your a-z. See you Monday.have a great day.

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    1. That is all I ever focused on. Today and maybe tomorrow. Now I want to go back and change that focus. But since it's too late to do that I can only offer advice.

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  4. I needed to read this piece of advice! In the last couple years it seems my weekdays exist only to be endured; it's becoming increasingly difficult to find a 'bright side.' Then again, I'm afforded some pretty spectacular sunrises along the way.
    That bicycle reminds me so much of the one my DIL painted - to use as a prop for Grand #1's senior pictures.

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    1. 'Just posted it on my FB page.

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    2. Wonderful bicycle! Wish we could go for a ride. I think I could still ride a bike. They say you never forget how! LOL! My last few years working were just focused on getting through my shift. I was so burned out on nursing. And then it turned into a 24 hours a day job with Richard. I would go through it again if he would just come back home....

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  5. I lost so many people closest to me in a span of eight years (Daddy, a sister and Mama) by the age of 23 that I have always savored the journey.
    Visit me at: Life & Faith in Caneyhead
    I am Ensign B of Tremps' Troops
    with the A to Z Challenge

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    1. That is good that you learned so young to savor the journey. So many of us didn't! I wish I could have a do-over!

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  6. You are so right with this and so many don't enjoy the journey. I may not have enjoyed the bumps and sink holes but they are all part of it. I do enjoy it overall because it is what makes up my life

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    1. :You are right on target them Birgit!

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  7. Often I don;t care about the finish line. Like a line in a song from Deep Purple, Its not the kill. Its the thrill of the chase.

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    1. For too many years I only cared about the finish line. I am now enjoying the journey!

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  8. I think lately I've been spending too much time focusing on the journey and not on the finish line. At some point you do have to get somewhere.

    Liz A. from Laws of Gravity

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  9. Very good message. I think I do focus on the journey, but the challenge is being around those who don't. It's a different energy/vibe.

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    1. It looks to me like you are enjoying the journey!

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  10. The Journey is certainly important. One of my motto's is "Be the person you want to be with." That would mean you are making the most of the here and now. Thanks for your thoughts on this A to Z challenge journey. Maria@Delight Directed Living

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  11. I love that picture of the bike that says enjoy the journey!! I really do try to make the best of life and appreciate the scenery around me. A great post!!!

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  12. Advice to remember! Unfortunately, it's too easy to lose sight of it along the way.

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    1. It is too easy to lose sight isn't it Stephanie!

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  13. That is often said while riding with others. We get lost sometimes and have a blast talking about it at the end of the day. All the places we might not have ever visited we did.

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    1. I would bet that you have a lot of fun on those rides!

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  14. I agree with you. Unfortunately I think many of us have to be older to realize the importance of the journey and to enjoy what's in the here and now along the way.

    Sunni
    http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

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    1. It is too bad we don't get it until it is almost too late. I guess that is why we older people enjoy the last years so much!

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  15. I like that. It's something I could have done with learning earlier, but now is in time :D

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  16. I try to enjoy the journey, but life does have a way of fogging up my view from time to time. I knew to learn how to ditch the cares of the world and settle in for the ride of my life, instead of worrying about what is and think of what's to come. Life is too short for regrets, so I'm gonna settle in and relax the rest of the ride. Thanks for the reminder & inspiration!

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    1. Yes, life has a way of changing how we look at the journey. But I wondered if we looked at each day as part of our journey would we be able to enjoy it differently!

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