“Just a little bit further,” my brother kept telling me. I was out of shape, trying to get to the top of the mountain. Exhausted, I was just trudging along.
My brother, leading the way, kept reassuring me that it was just a few more switchbacks. . . and then, the summit! It would be a beautiful view, he assured me.
Many promises of “just a little further” stacked up. It was always “just a little further.” I grumbled about understanding the Israelites as they followed Moses: “Just a little longer in the desert, I promise!”
The trail was passing me by, but I was not noticing. I just kept trudging along. I missed the rhododendrons, the brook, the wildlife. . . pretty much everything along the way. All to get to the summit.
We made it, but I missed the real treat: the journey up.
Don’t we all do that? We believe that life will start when we get to _________ (fill in the blank). When we get our degree, when we get some money, when we get the promotion/job/career, when we have a child, when the kids are gone, when the house is paid off, etc., etc., etc.
The problem is, that point is usually just beyond where we are. And in the process, we miss where we are. We await the future and forget the present (“present” is my word for 2015).
Stop striving. Stop waiting for life to begin “when . . . .”
Start thriving. Start enjoying right now. Start enjoying the process, on the way to what will be.
Join me in this week’s Thriveology Podcast, as I explore how to stop striving and how to start thriving.