Life is a journey

Journeys entail destinations, literally and figuratively. We dream of places we want to go, of goals we want to achieve, and the people we want to become. We set our sights and venture forth. Destinations are a good thing. They give us the energy to get started on a path.

Still, bear in mind that we are enmeshed in a competitive, success-driven society. We see ourselves as racers and have been drilled to focus on the finish. As a result, we risk developing an unadventurous, narrow-minded view of life that loses sight of the journey itself.

We tend to discount the business of getting there—wherever that may be—as a temporary nuisance, something that must unfortunately be tolerated until the end is achieved. Not so! Impoverished is the soul who does not relish the journey. Don’t forfeit the joy of traveling.

Robert Holden speaks of “destination addiction,” the notion that happiness will be found in the next job, the next partner; it’s just around the corner, always somewhere else instead of right here in the midst of our often messy journey.

The upshot? Yes, certainly hold on to your vision, but trust (and enjoy) the process, too. Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about un-becoming everything that really isn’t you, so you can become who you were meant to be in the first place.

We do not receive wisdom—we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can make for us, which no one can spare us, for our wisdom is the point of view from which we come at last to regard the world. ~Marcel Proust

This post was taken from “Inspirational Quotes about Life.”

The title quotes is by Oprah Winfrey.