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Life's Journey

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ljnyTucked away in our subconscious is an idyllic vision. We see ourselves on a long trip that spans the continent. We are travelling by train. Out the windows we drink in the passing scene of cars on nearby highways, of children waving at a crossing, of cattle grazing on a distant hillside, of row upon row of corn and wheat, of flatlands and valleys, of city skylines and village halls.

But uppermost in our minds is the final destination. On a certain day at a certain hour we will pull into the station. Bands will be playing and flags waving. Once we get there so many wonderful dreams will come true and pieces of our lives will fit together like a completed jigsaw puzzle.

How restlessly we pace the aisles, damning the minutes for loitering - waiting, waiting, waiting for the station.

When we reach the station, that will be it ! We cry. When I am 18, When I buy a new Mercedes Benz, When I put the last kid through college, When I reach the age of retirement, I shall live happily ever after.

Sooner or later we must realise there is no station, no one place to arrive at once and for all. The true joy of life is the trip. The station is only a dream. It constantly outdistances us.

Relish the moment is a good motto. It isn't the burdens of today that drive people mad. It is the regrets over yesterday and the fear of tomorrow. Regret and fear are twin thieves who rob us of today.

So, stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles. Instead, climb more mountains, eat more ice cream, go barefoot more often, swim more rivers, watch more sunsets, laugh more, cry less. Life must be lived as we go along. The station will come along soon enough.

(Found in an Indian Reservation in Montana)

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"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO, What a Ride"

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Not everyone will understand your journey. That’s okay. You’re here to live your life, not to make everyone understand.

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Personal growth does not happen overnight, stop trying to push yourself to change. It may take you years to be where you want to be, even if it does, it will be worth it. Change and commitment occurs over time, not seconds. Don’t force yourself into new ways take a gradual journey, the slower the walk the steadier the steps.

 

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1 comment to Life’s Journey

  • Jennifer

    We all have a choice to either live our lives as unconscious slaves to the established social order like sheep, or to consciously take the road less travelled and reclaim our true human identity

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