A wise person once said,”The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance while the wise man grows it under his feet.” It is my opinion that there is no true arrival. This is not to say that there is no such thing as an ending,but, rather, that each “ending” initiates a new beginning. Life is a series of transitions. Some of them may appear more challenging than others, nevertheless, they happen and are always temporary. The key is practicing staying present. One of the primary goals of living is to experience each moment of it. Take nothing for granted. Practice engagement. Most of us have a tendency to be more of a human “doing” rather than a human “being”. Think about it.
For many of us, from the time that we wake up in the morning to the time we go to bed, we are looking for something to do. There is nothing wrong with being productive, especially if you are a goal oriented person. The questions of concern are ” Does your sense of identity and accomplishment revolve ,solely, around the achievement of your goals?” and “Is your sense security based , exclusively, on your “accomplishments” ?” Do remember who you truly are? Let me remind you.You are limitless spirit having a temporary human experience. It is my opinion, that the ultimate goal of life is to have the most fulfilling experience possible. Although I will be the first to encourage laser focus for the sake of accomplishment , I am also learning not to miss the priceless lessons available to me while being engaged in the process of living my day to day life. As human beings , we tend to take a lot for granted. As my wife had reminded me many times during our courtship,”It is the little things that matter.”
I don’t know of anyone who has made any significant accomplishment that has not had to overcome certain challenges. Challenges are necessary. They reveal to us who we truly are as people. They show us what we are made of. Embrace them and learn from them.In the middle of every difficulty lies an opportunity. Through facing are challenges,overcoming them and acknowledging the people that play a significant role in our lives, we add invaluable richness to our experience. Whether it’s having a meaningful conversation or eating your favorite sandwich, learn to savor that moment. Look forward to challenges because you know, without a doubt, that each one of them comes with a solution. Enjoy the process of finding it. Tell people close to you how much they mean to you. While “aiming for the stars”, take time to cherish the journey while still “on earth”. Make it a daily and conscious practice of “being” present,grateful, honest, loving, thoughtful and any other characteristic that adds value to your life and that of others. Practice being a conscious “human being” while in the process of doing whatever you have deemed necessary for accomplishing your set goals. The quality of your life will be better for it. This is the definition of true prosperity. Live prosperous. Until next time….