Winter - Wonderland!!!
A good idea becomes a great idea when you let it out.
Use it up, wear it out,
make it do or do without!
Owning less is better than organizing more.
Travel with Purpose,
but Enjoy the Journey
Before air travel became common, people traveled by sailing ship across the Atlantic. In the 1800s, the voyage took an average of fifty-three days from Norway to New York. The destination and the excitement of who one might meet made the journey interesting and intriguing. Travel represented adventure and possibility. Today, though a flight may take only six to eight hours, most of us would rather ignore the actual travel and just be "beamed" to the next destination. We just want to get to the goal.
We often have the same attitudes about life. We get lost in aiming and striving to reach the goal and forget that the journey, the process of getting there, and being present during the trip are just as essential. The desire to reach the target brings frustration, anger, and anxiety. But the journey through life to each of the big successes is made of a million tiny increments that include attitude, effort, and perseverance. The setbacks and how we address them can add to the sweetness of the triumphs. While setting goals helps guide the way, only focusing on that final destination means missing out on enjoying the companionship of lot of good people, seeing the sights at places not on the designated itinerary, and discovering special restaurants in hidden castles along the way.
A good spiritual practice is to do one's best, devote the work and effort to God, and leave the fruits of your actions to the divine. We can do our part and make the necessary efforts, but the final results remain in divine hands. This practice of surrender leaves the worry and successes or failures to God. Life is long circuitous journey that leads us over mountains, into valleys and to the sea. We tend to look at the next goal, the next thing to achieve on our list without enjoying the journey. We want to get to our objective without bothering much bout the in-between. By moving inward to consider the spiritual perspective, life becomes meaningful moment. It's all here--right now. The things we have now we'd only dreamed of before. The things we'll become and strive to do will grow out of the quality of who we are, what we think, and how we live today. Take moment to sit back, relax, and enjoy the process. Right now everything is okay. Take pleasure in it.
Written by Debra Moffitt