It’s January and you set out to reach that distant mountain top.
In the distance, you can see the mountain and you notice that it is barren and covered with snow and ice.
Secretly, you wonder how long it will take to reach your destination.
As you set out, you notice the overcast sky and the chill of the winter air.
The trees are brown and lifeless, and your path is covered by a thin layer of snow.
The once babbling creek is frozen and lifeless.
The sound of the broken branches and fallen leaves crunching beneath your feet is deafening in the winter silence.
As you make your way down the snowy path, you notice a dim ray of sunshine in the distance.
As you move closer, the light of the sun becomes brighter, and you start to notice the temperature of the air warming.
You peer up at the mountain and notice that it has added several different shades of color to its previous snowy gray appearance.
The sun’s light is reflecting off the damp rock and the trees are starting to bloom and showing signs of life.
Surely a sign that spring has arrived!
The frozen creek is thawing, and you can hear the subtle sound of the water eating away at the ice.
In addition to your footsteps, you now notice the sounds of God’s little creatures moving along adjacent pathways.
As you continue to observe the animals, you notice that they seem to have a sense of purpose and wellbeing.
As you continue down the path of spring, you again notice that the sun’s rays seem more intense, and the temperature of the air is steadily rising.
The mountain is now more difficult to see, now that the bushes and trees are covered with leaves.
The creek is flowing freely and is teaming with life.
The air is filled with the sound of the creek, the bird’s chirping, bees buzzing, and the squirrels and other small animals moving on the ground and in the trees.
The flowers are in full bloom and gently swaying in the warm breeze.
The feeling of contentment fills the air.
As you travel down the path of summer, you catch yourself savoring the waning warmth of sun’s rays on your face.
The distant mountain is now much closer and is a mosaic of subtle shades of yellow, red, orange, and purple.
The animals are again moving, but this time they seem to be moving with a sense of purpose and accomplishment.
As you reach the foot of the mountain, you take a moment to reflect on the sights, sounds, smells, feelings and emotions that you experienced over the course of your journey.
You suddenly realize that reaching your destination is important, but it does not compare to the “joy of the journey!”
You see, too often we focus on reaching the destination and fail to appreciate what we experienced along the way. The sights, the sounds, the smells, the feelings and emotions.
We learn and grow by the “experience,” not the accomplishment.
Many of us live our lives focusing on “destination hopping.” We think that we will magically be content/happy, once we reach a certain destination, such as making a $100,000 per year, living in an expensive house, driving an expensive car, or getting promoted.
In reality, reaching the “destination” pales in comparison to the joy of the “journey!”
Are you truly enjoying your journey or are you simply moving mindlessly from mountain to mountain?