There is a quote floating around in a variety of forms. I believe it’s attributed to Sol Gordon. It goes like this: “Happiness is found along the way, not at the end of the road.” It’s another one of those quotes that I usually agree with at first thought. But then I thought, why not both?
The quote, of course, is a metaphor for our life journey from beginning to end. My question is why can’t I experience happiness along the way, as well as expect and hope for happiness at the end? I believe I can.
The quote is powerful in that it motivates us to act – to see that happiness is now – don’t wait for it. It does this, however, at the expense of celebrating one’s journey at the end.
We can have both. As a kid, I loved to build tree forts. It was so much fun hammering nails, putting the pieces together, finding just the right tree, frolicking in the woods. Loved it! I also loved it when the tree fort was complete. Now we could celebrate! We could enjoy the fruits of our journey! I do the same thing today when I build web sites. I love the process. I celebrate the accomplishment.
It’s one thing to say be happy now. We can – it’s within our power. However, maintaining that happiness with “nothing” at the end is quite different. No tree fort to play in?
Word is it’s a heck of a banquet for those that take the journey with God. I want my cake. I want to eat it too. The joy is indeed in the journey. It’s also at the end.
What do you think?
~ Ted Olson