Learning To Enjoy The Journey August 31, 2011

I struggle from time, time with the desire for everything to be “perfect”.  I try to tell myself that I’m not a control freak.  And, I’m not when it comes to other people’s surrounding. However, the truth is I really am when it comes to my surroundings, and my personal life.  Last week my husband called with an unplanned invite to go to Colorado for the weekend.  I was thrilled.  I love Colorado, and all summer long everyone that I encountered seemed to be going to, or coming from this land of  inspirational beauty and calm.  I almost felt like it was my duty to go.  Afterall, the pose of the month was Mountain Pose! 

So, for once in my life without pause I said yes, and it felt right.  We were going to Colorado with a close family friend that was looking to purchase some land in the Spanish Peaks mountain range.  My mother is from Spain, which in my opinion was another sign from the universe that I should head West.  We packed, got food, made arrangements for the dog, gathered the kids, and set off on an unplanned, unscheduled journey to the mountains.

We arrived to our destination Friday evening.  We camped, hiked, explored and enjoyed all that mother nature offered.  We spent time as a family creating memories that might only matter to us, but that makes them even more precious.  It was also meaningful for me to bare witness to our family friend coming one step closer to capturing his dream of owning property in the Rocky Mountains. 

During our journey looking out over the mountains, and into the valleys it became clearer to me that life isn’t truly about striving for perfection.  In fact, I think the need to be perfect serves as a distraction from what life really should be.  It can become a stop gate that floods with excuses, after excuses trying to help explain why something didn’t get done, or why another opportunity may have slipped away. 

On the other hand, having a plan for life provides more opportunities for personal growth, personal experiences, and personal gains.  Bottom line, one doesn’t reach the mountain peak by worrying about new hiking boots that got dirty.  One reaches the peak by having a plan to kick off the mud step by step along the way.  They’re also willing to stay committed to the climb no matter the obstacles, or the challenges.  I guess it could be summed up by saying it’s all about the journey, and not the destination.

Our journey was short, but wonderful. I also gained a new perspective that it’s more important to have a working plan, rather than making sure the plan is perfect before putting it to work.  I hope you join me in working your plans along your journey….while leaving the drag-shoot known as “perfection” in the dirt!