“It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ~ Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness …
We are all on a journey in life. And while the destination of our journey does indeed matter, it is trivial without all the singular moments that make up the journey–all the steps taken, all the places and things seen and heard, all the people met and lives touched, all the feelings and the emotions experienced and shared.
Whenever I am traveling, I try to remind myself to take in all the scenery–to enjoy the sights and sounds, to share conversation with my fellow travelers, or to spend time in the company of solitude and prayer if I am alone. The hours flight back to my family is a wonderful opportunity for me to turn off the music and talk with myself, to spend some time in the presence of God, and to escape the noise of the world around me.
It is important that we stop from time to time to ask ourselves, “What am I doing to ensure that I am making the most of my journey through life?” For each day we have countless opportunities to interact with those we love, to volunteer our time, talents, and energy to serve and help others in need, to live the moments more fully and deeply. But those opportunities are limited. And if are merely concentrated on finishing the day so that we can do other unproductive and fruitless things such as watch TV, then those moments are oft to be wasted.
It can be easy to get caught up in day-to-day tasks and activities and forget to enjoy the grand adventure that we are on, but the journey is key… that is where all the memories are created, where all the life is lived. Each moment we neglect is an opportunity to add to the beauty of our journey through life, and it is extremely important that we understand this truth and that we teach it to our children and our younger generations.
What journey are you on right now? Are you enjoying it? When you reach your destination, will you be able to look back and say, “Wow, what a wonderful journey this has been?”
Live each moment as best you know how.
Questions to consider:
How do we start to get focused on the end rather than the journey? Does such a focus really help with anything?
What are some of the first steps you can take to make yourself aware of how your journeys is going at this moment?
What are some of the possible benefits of trying to improve the quality of your journey?
For further thought:
“The end is nothing, the road is all. In fact, the road and the end are literally one.” ~ Willa Cather, Not Under Forty