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“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”

~Guillaume Apollinaire

Last week we spent much time thinking, creating, discussing and dreaming about our goals.  Goals are important for true happiness and to give our lives meaning, but on the other side of the coin, we must learn to give balance to our journey.

After listening to “The Space of Presence” podcast last week, I realized that we can become so enamored and obsessed with our goals that we forget to enjoy – RIGHT NOW.  Instead, we race along our trajectory of getting from Point A to Point B as fast as we can.  We miss the beauty of the process and in so doing, we miss our lives.

Yes it’s important to achieve the goals that we set for ourselves but not at the cost of missing out on our lives.  Just as too much work can make us very one-dimensional, so can too much focus on getting to our goals.  We can find ourselves compartmentalizing our lives.  “I’ll spend more time with my family after I finish _________.”

Goal setting and goal achievement are not “before and after” ideas.  They are meant to be fully integrated into our lives as a process.  We are continually in the process of refinement. When we see before and after pictures of dramatic changes that people have made in their physiques, we can be misled.  The pictures represent some points between A and B  along the path of their lives.  Refinement and change all happen along the continuum of Point A and B.

This week I challenge you to truly enjoy the process of your undertakings.  As you begin working toward the goals that you set last week, remember that life, and all that it offers, is meant to be the full-spectrum.  Enjoy your journey and the process – even the challenges – because you have this opportunity to pursue your heart’s desires!