Life is a journey not a final destination

We have all heard those words before -"Life is a journey not a destination"; but as I heard someone speak them again today, I realized that they finally sunk into the recesses of my mind and I found myself saying: "Yes that is true!" Yet too often, I have discovered that most (of us) tend to perceive life as our final destination and by doing that, we lose the excitement and the joy of the process.

The moment I realized that it is not about the end point but the journey, I began to have a different attitude about life. We are all continually journeying daily because after all, life is a process. And in the process of learning and growing of seeking and finding, we seem to think that our lives are meant to experience the ultimate, whatever ���the ultimate' means to us.

I, for one, need to remember those words daily because I now realize that it is not unusual to crave or desire to experience all that we have dreamt about. But while we are working towards our end goals, we would be better served if we could and would slow down and enjoy the process. For me it means that I need to relax more, smile more and definitely lighten up instead of taking everything so seriously.

I do not always understand the process but that is not the point. Our Creator, God, or whatever we call him, her, it, has a plan for each one of us and works to inspire us to seek and walk on the pathway that was designed for us personally. It is not for me to know the how or the why of the process. My task and journey is to keep my sights on the process while I enjoy it.

I would like to enjoy my process more and I would like to relax more as I am experiencing the process yet as I think deeply about this, I realize that part of my journey is to simply trust the process as it is unfolding right in front of me. That point, I believe, is the most difficult.

I do trust God and the Universal Flow but (and there goes my ���but' word); nonetheless, I am always interjecting and trying to see the end result even before it happens.

Does that make any sense to you? I realized that in my limiting abilities as a human, I place limitations on my beliefs and because of my limitations, I sabotage my outcome. Wow so how do I stop that cycle, you might ask? First, I need to be continually vigilant and conscious of my thoughts. Second, I have discovered that meditation helps me to stay focused and grounded and Third, I need to keep walking. By that I mean, do whatever is necessary to accomplish the end goal. I certainly do not know the how or when but I do know that if I do not do something, nothing will

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I do not propose to claim that I have all the right answers. But as I continually experience life and move forward on my journey, I understand that I am continually getting new creative ideas that have allowed me to use my imagination and inventiveness. This, in turn opens the door to more possibilities. We really do not know where our journey is going to take us, but part of the fun is in the journey - the process, so to speak.

Therefore, as I close, I offer a suggestion to you--start enjoying the journey. After all, in truth, that is all we are able to do!

Joan Marie Ambrose
Author, Creative Writer, Motivational Speaker

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Blog Date: 
Monday, August 6, 2012