Enjoy the Journey

July 18, 2014

I have always enjoyed long road trips. As a child and teenager my family took several road trips from Long Island to Florida to visit my grandparents. I enjoyed these trips so much that it was always a dream of mine to travel completely across the country from New York to California.

That dream of mind was eventually realized. I am reminded of it now because it is almost 10 years to the day that we began that wonderful trip. The destination of that trip was San Diego, and visiting my brother in law and his family. However, there are so many memories of what occurred on the way there. We drove through big cities, farms, plains, mountains, and desserts. We visited museums, friends houses, historic landmarks, and natural beauty. We experienced 80 degrees and humidity, along with 110 degrees and arid conditions. We had a great time with family. However, even though it did seem long and tiring at some points, the heart and soul of this trip was the joy of the journey to get there.

I share this story as an application to life in general, to a concept I was reminded of recently. It is important to set goals in life and to live with that destination in mind. Yet I am learning more each day that what is even more important is the journey to arrive there. Before you arrive at your destination, there is so much to see, experience, and learn. There is beauty to take in. There are valuable lessons to be learned in the obstacles that arrive. There is character to be gained. There are smaller, unexpected blessings and miracles to be thankful for. The list can go on.

What is your present goal? Fix your eyes and mind on it and work from the end of it. However, I encourage you to also experience the journey. Avoid considering it work or a burden. Yes, just as our 2500 mile drive become drawn out and tedious at times, you may feel that way on your journey. However, be sure to see the sights, and take in every new experience of the journey towards you destination. Cherish it, and let that be just as much of a positive memory as reaching the goal. In fact, you can take those memories and lessons learned and use them to reach your next goals as well.

I understand that it is sometimes very easy to keep our eyes so focused on the goal that we don’t pay attention to the journey. It has happened to me many times. These days I am more willing and able to pay attention to the small beauties of the daily journey of life. When you do that, life is more enjoyable and rewarding, and in many cases your goals manifest rapidly, and you arrive at the destination even sooner than you would have thought. I wish this for you today. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


A Much Needed Get-Away

February 13, 2014

This winter here in Buffalo is probably the worst I’ve ever experienced. However, God has blessed my family and I with an opportunity to get away for 10 days to visit family and enjoy some beaches and attractions of Florida.

These trips are always dreams come true. Since I was 6 years old, I have known where all the states are in the U.S., and have had the desire to visit them. My grandparents lived in Florida, so during my childhood we would take a road trip there every two years. Each trip was looked forward to for months, and each contained memories that are still with me today.

As an adult, I’ve been blessed with opportunities to continue the tradition. My parents are now the grandparents that we visit (along with my wife’s father) in Florida, and we’ve been able to go every 3 years. Also in 2004, my family and I fulfilled one of my life-long dreams…a cross-country road trip to California.

As we leave for another Florida trip today, my gratitude for it is stronger than ever. I ask for your prayers for safe travel, and I look forward to communicating with you again upon my return. Have a wonderful week 🙂