Day 7 in the platitude series. We’ve done it a week now. I like these platitudes because they cross the line. They cross the line between being fluffy and being meaningful. They cross the line between being about improving us as parents, and improving our kids as well. So listen and decide for yourself.
Today's topic is that age old mantra – it’s not about the destination but the journey. And I know they’re right. I just have trouble following that advice, being a very goal driven person. Here’s what the article, (I’ll link it in the show notes” has to say:
The right journey is the destination. – The most prolific and beneficial experience is not in actually achieving something you want, but in seeking it. It’s the journey towards an endless horizon that matters – goals that move forward with you as you chase them. It’s all about meaningful pursuits – the “moving” – and what you learn along the way. Truly, the most important reason for moving from one place to another is to see what’s in between. In between is where passions are realized, love is found, strength is gained, and memories are made. You can’t get any of that without firsthand living. In other words, the right journey is the destination. Remember this truth, live by it… set an example for your child.
I think one of the easiest things to do to reinforce this is to go on vacation. Now I’m not advocating you take a vacation for our sake. If I could have that kind of sway, I’d be promoting some high end resort and getting a nice kickback! But there will be things you do as a family this spring or summer. And those are the perfect times to ask your kids if they know why we are going somewhere? It might be interesting to hear the answers! I can just hear some of your kids repeating back to you some of the highlights that you’ve been imagining. But after the vacation is over, I’m willing to bet that the memories aren’t of what you expected. The lesson to reinforce here isn’t that you’re sole focus is on witnessing that Cinderella castle, but on the adventure we all experience in getting there.