I came across this quote in college and I immediately identified with it. I'm the type of person who is always thinking ahead or thinking back and it's hard for me to enjoy the moment I'm in. I wrote it on a post it and stuck it in a place I'd look at everyday -- my computer. :)
When I was in high school, I was looking forward to college. When I was in college, I couldn't wait to graduate. When I graduated and began working, I wished I could go back to college. As a teacher, I can't wait till the bell rings and I get to go home. In the morning, when I wake up, I can't wait to get to work so I can get started on teaching. As a bride, immersed in planning, I couldn't wait till I was done planning and just enjoying marriage. Now that I'm happily married, I wish I could go back and plan another wedding!
Take road trips. Chris and I go on road trips a lot, especially to Vegas to see him family. The drive is only four hours from us, yet, I am impatient during the drive. I don't enjoy the journey to the destination. I just want to arrive. But when I get there, I'm already thinking of the next destination!
I've been thinking about this lately. At work, I can't wait till report cards are done so I can start prepping for Open House. With my Etsy shop, I want to finish the administrative tasks so I can sit down and design. With marriage, I want to feel more financially secure so that we can start having kids. But, I miss out on so much along the way when I focus on the destination and don't enjoy the journey. This Jim Elliot quote popped back into my head as I thought about this and I'm doing my best to live this out everyday and to enjoy the journey.