“Not all those who wander are lost.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien
“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
“The only journey is the one within.” ~ Ranier Maria Rilke
“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” ~ John Steinbeck
“At every given moment we are absolutely perfect for what is required for our journey.” ~ Steve Maraboli
“Your journey has molded you for your greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don’t think you’ve lost time. There is no short-cutting to life. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time.” ~ Asha Tyson
“The journey is the treasure.” ~ Lloyd Alexander
from The Desk of MarDrag:
I have written on this blog before about the Journey of Life, our Journey, and what that means to us. But I was talking with a client this past week…a young woman who has just recently begun her Journey and is still confused about where she will go and what she wants to do. To young people, we might say that, well, you are young and your Journey has just begun, so embrace it and walk it well. But it occurred to me that all of us, no matter what age, begin our Journeys anew each time a change or event causes movement in our lives. So, we might say, we are always on a Journey of some kind…and yet we look to and focus on the Destination as the most important part of it.
And I began to ponder the questions, “Just Where Are We Going?” and “Where is It We Are Working So Hard To Get To?”.
The thing is…as we have heard and I have written about before…the Power is in the Journey, not the Destination. Empowerment does not come at the end of the Journey…we do not of a sudden “arrive” at Empowerment…it IS the Journey – the taking of it – the bits and pieces of ourselves that we leave scattered along the way so that we can pick up the bits of wisdom that emerge for the leaving of them – and it is the wisdom we keep and are Empowered by. A Destination is just where we take a breath, rejuvenate, and begin again.
Now…is a Destination. We are here Now…we have arrived at Now…and should squeeze every bit of life out of Now…before we move on again.
So, if there are things that are not working, or we feel stuck, or if things are not manifesting as we wish, or there are struggles and stress…we must take a look at our Journey and how we are walking it…in the Now. If we consistently keep looking only at a Destination ahead, then we miss the Journey and the Destination we have already reached…in the Now. And too…we may miss a fork in the road, or a change in direction that would guide us to something we had not dreamed of yet. While it is, of course, good and right to have goals and dreams…if those do not manifest, (and some don’t for whatever reason), would we deny ourselves satisfaction and happiness then, because we did not reach where we thought we should? There is no guarantee with goals and dreams…so the Journey itself takes on a new importance.
We need to acknowledge each step we have taken on our Journey, for it has brought us here to this Destination of Now…and we have grown with each step, and moved forward. We ought to give ourselves credit for that, for it has taken much energy and perseverance, and we are to be championed for that. Every step, every hardship, every lesson, every joy…has contributed to this Now and, whether it seems acceptable or not…it is right where we are supposed to be. The sum of our past steps have walked us here. Now…what would we do with that knowledge that will help us walk the Journey of our True Path and Empower us?
Be in the moment. Know that you are on the right step on the Journey. Open yourself to new directions if the one you are looking at is not working. Better still…do not look too far in any direction, look at the steps beneath your feet and concentrate on those. Trust that they will walk you exactly where you are meant to go. And, enjoy the adventure of the Journey!