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June 04, 2008

Destination or Journey?

We say,  we are successful, but we do not know what the parameters are? We talk about perfection, but we do not know how to define perfection.And yet we go on to judge ourselves and others, and what is the basis of all this? 

If we talk about success, we generally mean how many milestones you have achieved. I hindsight, if we look back at things, how many such milestones have we achieved,  1 2 3 5 10 20 . its countable, but how much time have you spent on going through all this is uncountable - could be years. If you take the example of a mountain climber- he sets for reaching the peak of the mountain, and spend days and nights in tough weather. When he reaches the peak, he looks around, sighs in relief, enjoys the view and prepares for descent. On his way backs, he reflects at the journey, and sees that he spent 15 days climbing to the peak of the mountain, and when he actually reached, he just spent around 2 minutes. Was the whole achievement about 2 minutes, or was it much more than that. He then comes to terms, by saying that he indeed enjoyed the treking bit, felt the thrill and adrenalin flowing through him. This passion and zeal of the trek was the most interesting bit. And in life, when you look back at  all the peaks, that might tell you what u had done, in descriptive terms, but if you want to know, what was it that you had achieved and rejoiced, it would be the whole experience. Its about the journey, and not always, the destination. And in retrospect if you feel that you have not enjoyed the journey, its time to change your goals and head in a way, where  the process, the journey is worth giving a shot. One might say, he graduated on the 24 th of April 2006, but that does not sum up his graduation event. He actually spent 3 years * 365 days * 24 hours, and things  that he did during this period, is what graduation is all about. And we should set on a journey only for the love of it, and not because its the tempting destination point that you are looking at.  We should realize the importance of a jouney, before its too late to realize that we actually kept on chasing destinations, which once formed a part of the dreams, and we achieved it, although failing to live in the current climb - enjoy the journey - make the most out of it. 

"Live the journey, and not in the glory of the destination" 

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