Activated - - NEWS - By Al­d­ina Bolick Al­d­ina Bolick is an English teacher and mem­ber of TFI in Mex­ico.

I'M LEARN­ING HOW IM­POR­TANT IT IS TO ENJOY THE JOUR­NEY and not just be en­thused with the fi­nal des­ti­na­tion. The des­ti­na­tion does de­fine the jour­ney, and of course, is very im­por­tant. But we of­ten spend much more time trav­el­ing than we do en­joy­ing the fi­nal goal, so it’s wise to learn to ap­pre­ci­ate the day-by-day things more.

Be­ing of an im­pa­tient na­ture, it’s been my habit to fo­cus on the goal and not pay a lot of at­ten­tion to the de­tails dur­ing the days lead­ing up to it. Many times when I’ve been frus­trated over hav­ing to wait days, months, or in some cases even years to reach a cer­tain goal, I wasted a lot of time clock-watch­ing, anx­iously look­ing for­ward to what was com­ing, in­stead of en­joy­ing each minute and the lit­tle bless­ings our Cre­ator so lov­ingly gives me as each day un­folds.

For ex­am­ple, last Jan­uary we made plans to visit my fam­ily in Por­tu­gal in Au­gust—and so I be­gan my count­down. From that mo­ment on, the most im­por­tant thing each day was to get to the end of it, as that meant Au­gust would get here more quickly. This at­ti­tude re­sulted in me be­ing bored with my daily ac­tiv­i­ties in­stead of be­ing thank­ful for the gift each mo­ment of life truly is.

Dur­ing th­ese past months, I have lis­tened to var­i­ous talks that have helped to il­lus­trate this les­son, and I think it’s get­ting through. Yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, my hus­band, David, and I went for a walk in a nearby park. We took along a pic­nic sup­per and ate there af­ter our walk. We thor­oughly en­joyed it, and our con­ver­sa­tion was sprin­kled with thanks­giv­ing and pos­i­tive com­ments about the bless­ing of be­ing able to eat din­ner in such beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings, the health we enjoy, the peace that floods our souls, and most of all for a life that’s worth liv­ing.

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