Enjoy the journey

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.

Why is this so difficult?  Why do so many of us want to be able to control our lives and then end up feeling powerless when it doesn’t go our way?

Today is a rough day for me.  There is one peaceful thought that keeps penetrating my mind in the midst of what seems like chaos right now.

Enjoy the journey, because the outcome is never up to you.

We are human.  We want outcomes.  We want things to end up a certain way.  So often, (at least in my experience!)  the outcome is not what I planned.  The ending is completely different, there is always a twist and a turn I hadn’t expected that leads me somewhere I didn’t plan on going.  And the more I go through life, the more I realize how out of my hands the outcome really is.  There are so many other things and other people that influence the outcome.

But what is in my hands?

The journey.

I have NOW.  I have these experiences, I am in charge of and in control of what I am doing to contribute to this journey that leads to an unknown and uncontrollable outcome.  As I focus on now, I feel power in my life to ENJOY THE JOURNEY.  Does that mean it’s all great? No, of course there will be ups and downs.  But those downs are what make the ups feel great, so I want those too.  I am learning to let go of trying to define where the road ends, and hold on to what I do while I’m walking on it.

I encourage you to find some joy, some sense of peace in your journey right now, whatever it is.  None of us know what the outcome will be.  The more we try to will it to end up that way, the further it may get away from us.  But we do know now, and I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to miss the journey.