Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Is it the destination, or the journey that matters most?

Are you more about the journey you take or reaching your final destination? 

Do you take more pleasure in the accomplishments along the way, or maybe you revel in reaching the summit? 

After watching this past weekend's Superbowl game I couldn't help but reflect on this question. These football players just spent an entire season battling game after game, some overcoming injuries, to make it to the final game to see who is crowned world champs. Then it ended in a way that most would not have predicted, with an utter sweep and crushing, one-sided, defeat.

I can't help but think what a let down that game was to all of the Denver Bronco players and fans. But maybe they held onto the joy that the journey was along the way, throughout the season. They made it to the final game, one of the two best teams in the league. Despite the ultimate outcome, wasn't it worth it? As other teams and fans could only sit on the sidelines to watch, they participated in the pinnacle of well-fought journey. 

It's funny how this can be compared to life. Maybe we need to realize that the trip is as much about the journey and the lessons learned along the way, as it is about reaching our goals. Yes, to achieve a feat or goal you set for yourself is fantastic, but so are the pitfalls and achievements reached along the way. 

Life is filled with our own "superbowls." Just making it to the arena is an accomplishment, and not everyone walks away with the trophy, but remember the journey that helped you get there in the first place. Keep striving for the win, but don't forget to enjoy the ride.

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