Enjoy the Journey
"A good traveller has no destination
and is not intent upon arriving."
Imagine for a moment that you are taking a trip, and the whole time you're gone, all you do is focus on getting to the end. Sounds pretty unsatisfying doesn't it? Although it would hardly be a journey worth taking, if we are honest, we can find ourselves living our lives in the same way. Always focused
on some goal or destination in the future, we convince ourselves that, once we arrive, we will suddenly find the joy and satisfaction that are lacking inside of us. Of course, once our desire is fulfilled or we reach the destination, we find that the feeling of satisfaction fades pretty quickly, and we go looking for the next goal to give us a sense of purpose and direction in our life.
The problem with living this way is that life is not a destination, it is a journey that unfolds moment-to-moment, and the only purpose there is to it, is too enjoy the step we are taking right here and now. When we enjoy where we are, we discover the wonder and beauty that is all around and within us, and we also become aware of the tremendous blessings that we've already been given. Of course, to enjoy the journey of our life, we need to see clearly that, the future we hope to arrive at - where everything is perfect and happy - is an illusion. Like a mirage in the desert, it does not exist, because the future we hope to one day arrive at is also an illusion. There is only Now, and there will only ever be the eternal Now moment. The question is; are we actually HERE to enjoy it?
To truly embrace the journey of Life, we must learn to appreciate the moment as it is. We must let go of our habitual demand that life give us something (anything) other than what we have right now, in order to be happy and fulfilled. When we drop this demand, and see that we already have everything we need to be joyful here and now, we also begin to taste the freedom and ease that all sages have said is available only when we live fully in the present moment. As travelers through this amazing play of life, all of us have been given the opportunity to enjoy the step we are taking right now, no matter what may, or may not be happening. In this we discover the great secret of happiness; that where you are is where you're meant to be - so relax, let go, and enjoy the step you're taking right now.