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Stay Focused on the Journey August 27, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Sustainable Living.

Continued from:  It’s Just Your Imagination

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When we define ourselves by past accomplishments (or failures), we are focused on who we were, rather than on who we are. 

Re-living past glory feeds our ego at the expense of our spirit.  

Re-visiting past failures and set-backs distracts us from our efforts to reach our full potential here and now.  

When we choose to postpone happiness until we fulfill our dreams for the future, we do so at our peril.  The future we envision may never arrive, and if it does arrive, it may not provide the happiness we imagined.

Happiness is found only in the here and now, not by living in the past or by striving to reach some distant shore as quickly as possible.

How we play the game of life determines the level of our happiness.  If we are enjoying the journey, we win. If we focus solely on reaching an elusive destination, without enjoying the process required to get there, we are apt to lose:

* In our rush to reach the desired destination, we may miss interesting and intriguing detours along the way.  

* In our haste, we may be tempted to take shortcuts at variance with our values.  Doing so erodes our sense of self-worth.

* After years of postponing happiness, we may get hit by a bus, or have a sudden heart attack, before enjoying the fruits of our sacrifice.

* We may attain the sought after prize, and find it nothing more than an  empty promise of happiness which crumbles to dust before adding any  measurable satisfaction to our lives.

* We may arrive at the final destination and find that new desires have arisen, detracting from our enjoyment of the goal we struggled to reach.

Someone once said that getting a poem published was a “feather in my cap.” 

I disagreed, and replied: To me, the “feather in my cap” is not publication of past efforts . . . it is my continued desire to return, day after day, to the keyboard to write.

My delight in writing lies in the creative act, not in past publication, or in dreams of achieving best-seller status ~ an elusive destination down the road over which I have little or no control.

If you believe, as many do, that we are here to be happy, the easiest way to  maximize your happiness is to enjoy every step along the way.  When you wake up each morning determined to enjoy what you do, you win. 

No matter what happens, you win.


1. Naomi - August 27, 2010

Hear, hear, Nancy!! Brings Eckhart Tolle’s amazing books immediately to mind.

nrhatch - August 27, 2010

I’ve never read his books ~ maybe he and I are drawing from the same source. : )

2. Naomi - August 27, 2010

I reckon we all do 🙂 ‘The Power of Now’ – says it in a nutshell.

nrhatch - August 27, 2010

Perfectly put, Naomi!

3. nrhatch - August 27, 2010

After careful consideration, I did decide to delete your lengthy comment, Loreen.

It didn’t seem a good fit with Spirit Lights The Way. Instead, it seemed to be a re-hashing of Christian theology and Puritan work ethic, advocating humility and self-sacrifice as the pathway to God.

I don’t believe that the Universe wants us to be humble. I believe that we are born to make manifest the Spirit within by being happy and spreading joy (and love) . . . not by creating additional suffering in the world by making ourselves miserable through blind adherence to outdated Religious Tenets and Dogma designed to keep the masses in line.

Some people are happiest when rolling up their sleeves and climbing down into trenches ~ because that’s who they are. Others are happiest when sharing their inner joy through art and music and words ~ because that’s who they are.

Life is not a game of monkey see, monkey do. We don’t need to emulate martyrs (or Mother Teresa) or Mozart to fulfill our life purpose.

We just need to be more fully who we already are ~ the person we were born to be.

Loreen Lee - August 27, 2010

I’ll give you a quote from Nietzsche, next time! grin grin.

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