The Journey…

These days, everyone forgets about the journey. Western culture specifically, has people focussed on the destination. Which is great, but what do you do when you get there? You need a new destination, and another new destination, and another and another… and it’s goal to goal to goal… We call it being “Goal Oriented”. Which is great, it’s a positive thing. Or is it?

The ‘ideal’ is House, Cars, Bankroll, Education, Career, Toys and whatever other ‘goals’ you have in mind. But what do you do when you have it all? There’s nothing left. Nothing changes. The good feelings you get from achieving all these goals, or reaching all these destinations leaves quicker than it did before. The pleasure is gone.

What can you do? How about all these people you hear about who quit a lucrative career, sell their home, and go live in a shack somewhere else in the world, doing what they love to do like starting a restaurant, opening a yoga school, or becoming a photographer. But me? I can’t afford that… I have a house, a car to pay for, I’m still paying my student loans… I could never take a gamble like that. I can’t start up my own business because I can’t afford to… I’d love to live my dream, but I have all this stuff that’s stopping me. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Right? Could be. There could be a way, but I can’t leave. I have all this stuff to do and take care of. My STUFF… Stops me from living my dream.

Wrapped up in all of that, your focus is always on the next big thing. But what happens when you run out of things? We forget to focus on the journey. Life should be a journey. Destinations, should be thought of as direction, not a thing to achieve. Maybe you won’t reach that destination, but instead, you go half way, and then something else comes up and you begin another journey. You’ve learned something, had fun, achieved something on your way to destination number one, and then you get set off on another journey to destination number two. There’s more to learn, more to do, more to enjoy… Stopping every once in a while to enjoy life’s little miracles. All those things in your life that you now have, that you once never thought were possible. Look at all the stories you have to tell about each of your journeys. Every life is a book, each day a new page. What are you going to write on your page today?

When you look back through your book, what do you see? What do you want to change? How are you going to change it?

Strength, Harmony and Unity, my friends…!
-Shifu