Friday, April 30, 2010

The Journey

Lately I’ve been reading stories about a lot of different journeys, both joyful and difficult, that people have been on. There are some beautifully written stories that celebrate life and teach all of us that we should enjoy each and every day and be grateful for every minute we have with the ones we love.

We’re all on our own journey, and sometimes our paths just happen to intersect with the paths of those people who are able to change our lives and our outlook, either in a brief instant or over the course of time. So, I guess that’s where I’d like to start—the journey.

Here’s what a journey is, according to Webster. Journey: 1: an act or instance of traveling from one place to another 2: a day’s travel 3: something suggesting travel or passage from one place to another.

To me, this means that not only am I on an amazing life journey, but tucked snugly inside that journey, there are thousands of smaller journeys that have led me to be at the point where I am now. Life is a journey. A journey can be an adventure, an exploration, a voyage, and so many other things.

With that said, I have been on so many journeys in this life, most of them good, but some of them not so good. Am I proud of everything I’ve done? No way. But I can say, with certainty, that I’m proud of the person I am now and of the family I’m a part of. And all I can say is that every inch of every journey is what has brought me to this place I am in now. If I can give a lasting message to my kids, I would want them to know to embrace every day and look forward to every tomorrow.

And no, I’m not planning on going anywhere soon, but too many times, people don’t get to say what they want to say. I’ve been inspired by the number of strong people in the world who are able to tell their stories and turn negatives into positives, and I want to be able to pass this along to my children.

Here are the things that are important to do every day:

  • Laugh
  • Smile
  • Help someone who doesn’t expect your help
  • Compliment someone
  • Say ‘please’ and ‘thank-you’
  • Enjoy nature and the world around you
  • Relax, even if you only have a few minutes before you get busy again
  • Appreciate your friends and family
  • Remember all the people who love you
  • Pray
  • Be grateful for what you have
  • Be yourself
  • Do what’s right

There are more, but these are the major ones. And even though it may sometimes be hard to see through the fog when things are difficult, remember that the journey will take you to a good place if you let it.

And if you are already in a good place, remember the people who may not be in such a happy spot. If your journey is going how you want it to go, be sure to look out for ways you can help other people along the way.

If I were going to instill a message in my kids, it would be this. My journey has led me to you, the very best things in my life, and no matter what it took to get here, I wouldn’t change it for the world. Enjoy the journey!

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