Accomplishments will prove to be a journey, not a destination.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
Usually, the aforementioned phrase is associated with a bunch of impatient kids squished together in a car with irritation laden in their voices.
But a deeper examination shows us that it’s much more beyond the usual clichés and stereotypes that we correlate with the phrase. That phrase, with a few variations, has become our go-to battle cry when waiting or anticipating something.
Why is that? After all, it’s not as if turning our anticipation into anxiety will make things come faster.
There’s an old anecdote I once heard in which a man was intensely staring at his paycheck in disbelief because it was much lower than he thought it would be. At some point, his boss walked by and said, “It ain’t gonna get any bigger by staring at it.”
I think perhaps we don’t appreciate the journey as much as we should. Physically, we’re everything will take it’s own sweet time np matter how much we try to manipulate it otherwise.
When that happens however, mentally we start disconnecting and jump to the end. The in-between discord is where the conflict stems from.
As the common phrase goes, “The end justifies the means.” Adding to that are stories of constant hustle and bustle till people reach their goals. And through it all, the journey becomes the neglected step-child.
We forget that it’s the journey that is the learning curve. Once we reach our destination, we’re off that path and life stops momentarily until we soak in the destination. Very quickly after that, however, we get on a new path for a new destination.
The journeys are constant, the destination is simply a rest stop. Each of those journeys teaches us the several difficult parts of life and perhaps a few easy ones as well.
Depending on what kind of endeavor you’re hoping to conquer, the excitement of a journey getting there can also last much longer than the destination.
Say you’re getting a new television that you just ordered on Amazon. Until it comes, your mind will be in a constant state of eagerness. Every few hours, you’ll find yourself tracking the delivery.
But what happens after it arrives? You set it up and enjoy it. But the level of excitement the anticipation filled you with is gone. You’re no longer on your toes, staring out the window for the delivery truck. That journey is over and done with.
We all want to achieve our goals. But no matter how difficult the journey for getting there is, never dismiss it. Good or bad, it’s telling you and teaching you something. And years from now, when you look back at it, the story of the journey will seem far more enticing than the two seconds of the moment you actually got there.
How do you feel about the significance of a journey towards a goal? Do you appreciate it? Do you believe it’s more critical than the destination? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below on our secure servers.
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