Thursday, August 27, 2015

Enjoy The Journey

We live in a fast paced world--there's no question about that.  All too often we spend so much time trying to get through one thing so we can begin to work on the next thing that we fail to stop and enjoy the place we're at.

I have that same problem.  Too much to do, too little time.  I get stressed out because so many people depend on me for so many different things.  I'm the employee.  The dad.  The husband.  The Secretary.  The writer.  The Founder.  The curator.  The speaker.  The idea guy.  The educator.  And every so often, the officiant.  And every once in awhile I drop the ball.  Not often, but it happens.  And I get all ticked off, because I have so much on my plate, and I get annoyed that I don't have more help in these things I've taken on of my own free will and accord.

But then I stop myself.  What's the alternative?  Sitting at home evenings watching television?  Watching hours and hours of sports, drinking beer, and memorizing stats?  That's what I used to do once upon a time for recreation.  It wasn't fulfilling, and I suddenly realized I was wasting my life on things that really didn't matter.  I wanted more, so I sought out more--and boy did I find it!

People can't grow unless they get out of that comfort zone.  Get involved.  Take a few risks.  Do something that really matters--that means something to you.  Make a few mistakes, but enjoy the journey.  And when you find that passion, and you begin finding yourself with work to do, enjoy the work, and the fact you have the opportunity, and that people are depending you.  Take every task seriously, and try your best.  Don't take something on if you know you can't do a good job with it--if you're not going to do it, then don't raise your hand.  But if you do raise your hand, you'll find greater pleasure from the work, than you'll ever find from relaxing at home on the couch.

But when that stress inevitably comes from a busy life well lived, don't think of it as all the things you have to do.  Think of it as all the things you get to do.  There will come a day when you won't be able to do all the things you do now.  Believe it or not, you're going to miss it.  So enjoy where you're at.  And remember that the more you're able to give, the richer your life is going to be.  Nobody gets to the end of their life and wishes they had done less during their time on earth.

Life is short--it's never too late to make your mark.  Make it count.

~Todd E. Creason

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