Life Is a Journey: Enjoy the Ride

Life is a journey to be treasuredLife is a journey that must be treasured and embraced. Although your life may not be what you had hoped for or envisioned for yourself it is time to make a concrete decision that you are going to treasure and embrace the journey. Embracing the journey does not mean every day will seem like roses; it is quite the contrary.

Along the journey we are confronted with a variety of situations, some are filled with heartache while others are joyful. How we choose to react to what we encounter will determine the attitude we will carry towards the rest of the journey. It is not as much about the things that happen on our journey, it is all based on what we make those things mean to us.

I will be the first to admit there are days that I wake up and do not even want to get out of bed because I feel as if I already know how the day will unfold. These are the days that I must pause and remind myself of the lyrics to Beautiful Day; a song penned by, India Arie, one of my favorite artist:

“Wake up in the morning
and get out of bed
Start making a mental list in my head
Of all of the things that I am grateful for…”

Life is a process of experiences and while some are wonderful there are others which are not so favorable. However, they all work together to allow for a wonderful adventure if we would learn to embrace the path. It is those day-to-day, minute by minute experiences along with the expectation that we bring to life that decide what we will receive along the way. The treasure is not in the culmination of events; rather it is in the path itself.

One day while sitting in airport waiting to board a flight I watched the many different people as they walked by. I Life is a Journey:  Buckle Up and Enjoy the Ridethought to myself how amazing it is that there so many different people in the world, all encased in their own sense of individuality. As a coach who deals with a variety of people I was acutely aware that each person was complete with their own unique story to tell, complete with a past, present and future.

Treasuring the journey is all about being grateful for life itself. This means celebrating the opportunities that allow your adventure to be stamped with your own personal experiences; including the highs and lows. It is the culmination of experiences and events that make up our own biographical sketch; with each new day marking a new page in our story.

It is only when you make a conscientious decision to treasure the journey that you will enter a life of gratitude. These can just be passing days and fleeting moments or every event can have purpose and meaning if you will stop and allow yourself to take it all in. Remember, the choice is always yours.

Life is a journey that must be treasured and embraced. It is filled with special moments of joys, heartaches, celebrations, hardships and lesson that will ultimately lead us to our destination, our purpose in life. The road at times will get bumpy because throughout our travels we will encounter many challenges. It is the combination of all of these that entitle us to the rights of our story, one that is uniquely our own and filled with adventure – a journey we can treasure.

In closing let us explore more of India’s lyrics to Beautiful Day

Early in the morning
It’s the dawn of a new day
New hopes new dreams new ways
I open up my eyes and
I open up my mind and
I wonder how life will surprise me today
Early in the morning
It’s the dawn of a new day
New hopes new dreams new ways
I open up my heart and
I’m going do my part and
Make this a positively beautiful day

Always remember that we are human “beings” which means we must extract more than just lessons from life. It is more important that we learn to embrace each experience so we can truly be authentic in all we say and do.

By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)

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