For the most part, I have embraced the journey, not the destination, philosophy and it has stood we well over the years. The analogy most can understand is to close your eyes and think about two moments:
First: It is 8 pm on Christmas eve with all the presents under the tree with your name on them and boxes certainly big enough to hold a train (pretty new dresses) , a pony and a complete set of GI Joes (Barbies). All things are possible. You have practically uncontrollable overflowing emotions of excitement. You are almost there. You have been good for an excruciatingly long time (perhaps, even two whole weeks) It is almost Christmas. You are almost there.
Second: It is 5 pm on Christmas day. All the packages are open. You don't have enough batteries and two of the toys don't work anymore. The buzz is gone. You are coming down off your holiday high. You had a good Christmas experience, but the glitter isn't quite what you imagined. The train doesn't move as fast as you would like and just goes around in an endless loop and you have to put it away after you play with it each time (bummer). The pretty blue dress with the strawberries is just like the one MaryLou wore two weeks ago when she made fun of you and you are bummed. The pony turned out to be a paint by numbers watercolor set with a book of how to draw horses. The GI Joes are still pretty cool and because they are plastic, the likelyhood of breaking is nil. The Barbies are great and you can tuck them into bed on the pillow next to you tonight (perhaps the new play scissors can give barbie a new 'bob" first and you can try again to get Mom's lipstick to stick to her perfect smiling face).
Tell me true. The exhilleration of the journey far exceeded the destination. The happiness and joy during the weeks leading up to Christmas, compounded, dwarfs those ten minutes to get all the boxes unwrapped on Christmas Day.
our way toward a destination we deem valuable. Happiness is not
about making it to the peak of the mountain nor is it about
climbing aimlessly around the mountain; happiness is the experience
of climbing toward the peak." - Tal Ben
"I humbily submit that the hours spent on your journey to your goals are far better than the actual arrival, when we embrace the process rather than the end." - rlw
- Robert Welton: Twitter