I was talking to a good friend of mine yesterday about this whole idea of ‘enjoying the journey.’ You know - the conventional wisdom that we should enjoy the journey to wherever we are going as much as arriving at that destination or goal.
I have to admit that - previous to this conversation – I didn’t think a whole lot about this idea. Enjoying the journey? How can you enjoy the moment 30 minutes into an hour workout when you feel like your sweat-soaked, exhausted body is about to pass out? How can you enjoy the emotional ups and downs that come with finally resolving that childhood trauma that’s been haunting you for these many years? And how can you enjoy the discipline necessary to show up to work every day at a place you’re not even sure you like (though you believe it will lead to a better career down the road)? After all, what we actually enjoy is accomplishing our goals, not the process of getting there. How then could we better enjoy the struggles, ups and downs and pain that often comes with change, discipline and persistence? Doesn’t make sense, does it?