You think that the goal is to be over there, and we say the goal is the journey over there; the goal is the fun you have along the way on your way to over there.
Excerpted from the workshop in San Francisco, CA on Saturday, March 1st, 1997 # 123
Jerry and Esther
Sunday, July 3, 2011
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There are several movies that have inspired my changed outlook:
Peaceful Warrior is one such movie. EVERY bit of dialog from that movie resonates with me because EVERY bit of dialog is the way I aim to love my life now.
There was a scene in the movie where Dan Millman is being taken on a hike in the woods. He keeps asking Socrates played by Nick Nolte when they’re gonna get there. What are they looking for. When they arrive at a random place, Socrates looks around and picks up a rock. Handing it to Millman, he says:
This is what we came for.
Dan is incredulous.
What did we come here for? Just to see this rock? I expended all my energy getting here for THIS?
Socrates shakes his head.
Were you upset when we were coming here?
Millman says No.
You were excited, weren’t you? You were anticipating what we’d find. You were filled with hunger, with joy.
Millman stops and thinks for a moment. Then says:
The Journey. The journey is the goal.
The scene dialog is NOT the EXACT dialog from the movie. It is cobbled together from memory.
I shared that scene because it fits so well with the above quote from Abraham Hicks. In order to be joyful, in order to keep our eyes on the prize, it’s ALL about the journey. Think about it for a moment. All of your happiness comes when you’re pursuing a goal, when you’re reaching your hand out, doesn’t it?
I was about to say MOST people but that is a typical generalization. Let’s just say SOME people. For SOME people, when you reach your goal, how do you feel? Let’s look at Peaceful Warrior again as an example. When Dan Millman ended his journey on the hike through the woods, how did he react? Was he ALREADY seeking his next journey? Was he disappointed that now this journey was done? I don’t know. But think about your experience for a moment.
What happens when you’ve fulfilled a goal that you set out yourself? Do you ever go through a period of buyer’s remorse? If so have you attempted to figure out why this is? I can tell you why.
It’s because the journey to get where you’re going IS the goal. NOT the goal itself.
That realization was a long time coming for me as it is with (Was once more about to generalize with the word MOST here again) lot’s of people.
Kinda funny too, don’t you think? Especially since we experience this same attitude over and over again. Have you ever wondered why this continues to happen? That you can’t see the forest for the trees? It’s because we are to close to our own thoughts. We are our thoughts. Our thoughts are us. Our thoughts create our reality.
We need to pivot in order to change our reality. I understand now that the journey is what brings me pleasure, the journey is what brings my joy.
Here’s hoping this blog entry will clear the clouds from your vision, will help you take your spiritual blinders away from your eyes, will help you to pivot and see things differently.
Be Happy! Be Well! Be Positive!
Blessings to you.