“‘Time’ doesn’t pass. We human beings have enormous difficulty focusing on the present; we’re thinking about what we did, about how we could have done it better, about the consequences of our actions, and about why we didn’t act as we should have. Or else we think about the future, about what we’re going to do tomorrow, what precautions we should take, what dangers await us around the next corner, how to avoid what we don’t want and how to get what we always dreamed of. ” Paulo Coelho from “Aleph”
Many years ago it seems I took a bike and rode from Colorado to Connecticut a journey of 2500 miles. It was a dream to ride across the country and we did it in 36 days. The people we would meet along the way would be weary from living a life that thought they “had” to live. We heard things like “if I were younger ….” and their story of a life that had passed them by would float out into the air. What was their journey going to be like? Was it going to be a routine of living a hard life and not a life that was designed but a life that was handed to them by the hands of others who did the same thing. They were living a life, a life of existence, a set of patterns that were ingrained into them that limited the life they could really live.
Many people spend their lives chasing something and not being sure what it is or why they are chasing it and some people chase nothing at all and wonder what or if anything life will offer them.
Journeys start with a goal in mind, a place to arrive at, and that gives purpose to the journey. A goal provides direction and acts like a compass guiding the traveler to a place. The journey in between the starting place and the destination is the place where growth takes place. The journey is the hard work to realize a goal.
Riding cross-country on a bike built for two allowed us to experience what many people fail to experience, to live in the present, to live in the moment between the past and the future, there was nothing else. Turning the pedals for hours on end and experiencing the wind, the sun, and each breath was being able to live in the journey.
What goal do you have that is powerful enough to allow you to experience the journey? The journey where you can feel the heartbeat of each day and you can hear each breath and feel the sun, when are you going to start living in that journey?
“Leave your comfortable life and go in search of your kingdom” Paulo Coehlo from Aleph