My friend Dan Blank shared a sweet and inspirational post on his blog today. Here is an excerpt:
Moving towards our goals.
We write our books.
Craft our songs.
We pursue our creative journey.
Push our foot down a little more on the gas pedal, hoping to shave off another 5 minutes from the trip.
We envision what it will be like when we arrive.
We tell ourselves stories of the future, becoming blind to the present moment.
We work harder, and dance less frequently.
We struggle, we wait for the “payoff” down the road.
As I work with writers, trying hard to find an agent, get a book deal, and establish an audience, I am reminded.
As I take a walk with my 1.5 year old son, I am reminded.
Appreciate the journey.
It goes on and I encourage you to read Dan’s entire post here.
This is not just for authors, but for all of us. I’m in Atlanta today to spend the weekend with my son for his 30th birthday. 30th Birthday! When did this happen? How did 30 years pass me by? I clearly remember the day he was born. I remember the day he took his first step, said his first word, lost his first tooth, kissed his first girlfriend (that I know about), got his driver’s license, graduated from high and college. But I also remember the many times I said, “Hurry up, we’ve got to move along, don’t dawdled.”
I’m not sure I dawdled enough. There are too many times I wish I could go back and hug loved ones a little longer, enjoyed a family moment a little longer, laughed with friends a little longer. Obviously, I can’t, but what I can do is think about what Dan said and “appreciate what is. Not what could have been.”
Bottom Line: Here’s to appreciating the journey!!