Enjoy the Ride!
Sometimes we get so caught up in getting things done that we forget to enjoy the process that leads to accomplishment.
There was a movie a year or so ago (I won’t tell you the name of the movie so I don’t spoil it if you haven’t seen it yet). The teacher was telling the student that there was something really cool to see at the top of this mountain trail. It took three hours to get there. All along the way, the student was excited and having fun, looking forward to seeing this really cool thing. When they got to the top, the student asked, “ok, what’s so cool?”. The teacher looked around and said “This rock is really interesting.” The student was visibly disappointed. The teacher said “but you’ve been excited and happy for the last 3 hours.” The lesson being, of course, to enjoy the getting there.
When you go to a movie… Do you go to “get it done”? Do you sit down in the theater and say “I hope we can get this movie over with quickly!”. No, of course not. We go to the theater to enjoy the plot unfolding, to enjoy the experience of the large screen, expansive sound, (and the good snacks).
As you’re planning your vacation, do you review your itinerary saying “We’re going to go there, there, there, and then back home. Oh wait, we are already home. There’s no reason to go, we have already accomplished the vacation.” Silly, right? The whole point of the vacation is to enjoy the trip, not to get it done.
We would be so much happier if we would just “enjoy the ride” no matter what we’re doing…working, eating, driving…whatever it is.
Enjoy the ride!