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A goal properly set is halfway reached.
-- Abraham Lincoln
 

 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The effort of the journey

The life you desire to live is precisely one step away. Once you take that step, with your initial action you are beginning to live that life.

The essence of fulfillment is in the direction and in the process, not just in the ultimate reward. The substance of life is in the living, from moment to moment, toward the goals you have chosen.

Think of how terribly empty it would be to always get what you want without the opportunity to look forward to it. Without the time and effort of the journey, you cannot fully enjoy the destination.

If you were to have it all now, you would be cheated out of the rich joy of anticipation. Fortunately, you cannot have it all now so you can indeed anticipate to your heart’s delight.

Step forward toward whatever you treasure, and you’ll begin to live the reality of what you treasure. Keep going, and enjoy every bit of value as you work to build it day by day.

You can’t get all the way there all at once, and that is truly a blessing. Because it is in the effort of the journey that you can truly appreciate and enjoy the reward of the destination.

— Ralph Marston

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