How do you put the joy in the journey?
Friday, July 12, 2013
I know I have been mentioning the book I read about creativity a lot (it is called "Brain Storm" by Don Hahn), but it really gave me some great food for thought.
As I wrote last time, vacation is over and real life has set back in. That has made me think a lot about something else the author wrote about. He was reflecting on how we (humans, especially in our culture) seem to get ourselves into (he says) a "nasty, lifelong pattern of seemingly endless periods of boredom, stress, and tension while waiting to celebrate, followed by a celebration that is far too short, followed by long periods of boredom, stress, and tension, and so on." His point is that our joy should be in the journey and in the process of living our lives.
But that seems so hard to achieve. I like my career, but it's challenging...not always a DisneyWorld trip. And realistically, there ARE endless periods of boredom, stress, and tension (which aren't healthy) in life and the celebrations are far too short. Does that mean I am living my life wrong? (It could...)
I like the idea of the joy being in the journey, but I'm having a hard time figuring out how to do that.