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The Journey is the Reward

The Journey is the Reward

Sometimes I find it hard to stay present, especially when I am doing some planning for a future activity or adventure. I know that when it comes to myself, while doing the work of charting times, dates, routes, rest stops and planned highlights – I find myself slipping out of the task. I begin to create improbable scenario after impossible scenario, visions that emerge from the details charted.

It was only later that I realised that there was more of a problem than my simple daydreaming and castle building with sand at issue. It was the idea that the planning itself was flawed. Even if I avoided going off track and I managed to stay present on the task of identifying as many details of the “trip” as I could, I still was missing the most important part, being open to the journey – the journey from this moment to the first step on what may or may see this journey find itself continuing in a new place.

The only real task is to see possibilities and to decide at some point to engage. Should the first steps be taken on this road, the reward will be the journey itself which like each day we live our life journey. Every step through life changes us, affirms and defines us. Every step we don’t take also changes us and defines us. Every choice we make is a step on the journey – roads taken and roads not taken.


Written by Robert G. Longpré

April 16, 2014 at 3:07 pm

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