Take the time to enjoy the journey

We love lists.   To do lists, bucket lists, lifetime lists, places to see lists, project lists, work lists, friends lists, dating lists.  The idea is to do them and check them off, cross them off.  Been there, done that.

But have we?  Is life just a series of lists we check-off?  Places we’ve been to?  Sights we’ve seen?  Projects we’ve done?

What if life is the JOURNEY as much as getting there, the moments and stops on the way, the people you meet and take time for?  I’d say life is the opposite of lists.  It’s the thrill of the moment, the lingering look or embrace, the interactions both planned and impromptu that make life so special.

I’m not saying never make a list – the engineers would have a fit!  What I’m saying is don’t let the list, and accomplishing the list, be your be all and end all.  Leave room and time for the unexpected to happen along the way, to touch you, to touch your life.  I purport that it’s both the places and people that intersect each of us throughout that makes our lives so rich.  In the final analysis, how many places you’ve been to or lists you’ve completed won’t even matter – it will be the people and places you’ve stopped at along the way that you will always have with you.   Think about that as you go about your tasks and lists, and keep open to having a great journey along the way.


About hprager

Father, husband, brother and son. Delighted to be friends and mentor to so many wonderful people. Passionate about: leadership, learning and development, education, nature and the environment, youth, music, jazz, the tuba, Israeli dancing, networking and helping others, humor, laughter, swimming, hiking, the Cubs, Northwestern athletics, theater, musicals, concerts, traveling and making new friends wherever I go. Helping the world be a better place when I leave it.
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