Have you ever said "I just wish this event was over!"
Since summer in Minnesota is so short, we try to pack as much into those 3 months as we can. There are lots of big occasions including weddings, graduations, family reunions and more. Many times instead of enjoying the preparations for the big day, we just want it all to be over. By doing this, we are cheating ourselves. We are so focused on the destination or event that we don't pay attention to anything along the way except how much work it is. If instead we focus on the journey itself, there are so many things we can use to learn, grow and enjoy. I'll give you an example to illustrate my point:
For our anniversary for several years I have given my husband the gift of cleaning the house every other Monday morning. You might not think that is much of a gift, but if you like a clean house as much as my husband does... it is a BIG gift. Anyway, I have tried all different techniques to get this task done as quickly as possible so that I can move on to other things I enjoy more. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE a clean house, I just don't love cleaning it! Since this was my week to clean, I decided to "Enjoy the Journey" rather than dread the task. Since it doesn't take a whole lot of brain power to push a vacuum or clean a toilet, my brain could be working on other things while I was cleaning... Here are some of the things I came up with when I was cleaning today:
"Enjoy the Journey" could be the name of my entire blog - (not just this post) it could be about me inspiring and encouraging others to enjoy the journey of life... not just get through it.
I have been trying to figure out the purpose of my blog for months!
I could teach classes on Navigating the Journey - to help people who are having trouble enjoying the journey.
I should blog on Tuesdays and Thursdays - get some consistency for my blog posts
Go back over some training on blogging I received a few months ago
I could hire my 14 year old daughter for the summer to help me create videos, update my web site, facebook and my blog (she knows way more about technology than I do)
I came up with an idea of another post based on some of the fire lighting techniques I learned at Girl Scout Training over the weekend.
That is a good morning's work!
I probably spent more uninterrupted time thinking about my business while I was cleaning the house this morning than I have in months. The good news is besides all of these wonderful business ideas, I ended up with a clean house! I think there is something to be said for clearing away clutter in an effort to Enjoy the Journey.
I would love to hear about how you are enjoying the journey of your life!