There’ll never be another moment that will not be “now.” So why do we spend so much time planning and thinking ahead? The reward is here and now, in this moment. The reward is in the journey itself, not the destination.
The reward is in learning something new
When I think of the joy I feel when I take a new step, when I learn something today that I didn’t know yesterday, I understand why the reward is in the journey. I now spend 20 minutes of every day studying – taking a tutorial to learn a new program, going on TED to find insights I hadn’t considered before. Learning is a major rewarding part of our journey.
The reward is in how you change yourself
No one wants to go back to be who they were in an earlier year. Maybe we wouldn’t mind being a little more toned and flexible, but we’ve moved past those earlier points in our lives. We’ve changed with the lessons we learned. Our reward is in being wiser and more aware.
The reward is in new insights you have gained
I’m on a compelling journey to understand the meaning of life and how I fit in and what I can do to live more meaningfully. It’s a constant focus. And each day brings a new insight, a deeper understanding, a new idea on how to apply that concept to my life. How exciting it is to gain a new viewpoint! That’s part of what makes the journey so rewarding.
The reward is in the next step you take
Each step brings a new view. A turn of your head, a lifting of your eyes and a wondrous new vista opens up before you. Each step opens up new doors, brings you face to face with new friends, makes you feel good about your steady progress. Notice the next step you take and appreciate your progress and your new viewpoint.
The reward is in new experiences
If you don’t move along your journey, you won’t have an adventure or interesting new experiences. Notice the new experiences each day brings. It may be in the ever-changing sunset or the social birds at your bird feeder. It may be an email from a friend you haven’t connected with for a while, or a new dish you concoct for yourself. Enjoy and cherish the new experiences you have along your journey.
The reward is in new friendships
When you reach out, you meet new people. When you share yourself, you make new friends. Reach out to the people who change your life. Email them even if you don’t know them. Thank them for the gifts they’ve given you. Do something thoughtful for the people around you who are easy to take for granted. Gratitude is powerful. Spread some around and reap the reward and pleasure of the responses you receive.
The reward is right now, in this moment
When you live in the moment, you do exactly the right thing for that moment in time. When you’re aware of how you feel in each moment, your responses and your choices become more authentic, more aligned with where you need and want to go. Do what your inner voice says. Follow your intuition. Express your authentic self. Share your soul
Don’t look further than right now. The reward is in the journey.
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