I am an millennial. I am individual who likes to get straight to the point of conditions and get things done right away. With that being said, I am use to things moving fast in life. I am use to high speed internet, fast food, social media, GPS, streaming music and shows, and etc.
Along with experiencing the fast pace life, I am learning that I expect fast results also. When things do not come at the time I want it, I began to get discouraged and frustrated. Don’t judge me I am still in the process of growing.
The college life only increased my fast pace lifestyle. Since I have graduated, I am now in the process of learning how to enjoy the ride in life. While recognizing that my small steps do count.
My past concept may have been ok for my past life. Currently, my life requires me to go at my own pace in life, which is slower than what I am use too. It’s great to be going at a slower pace, but the feeling is very uncomfortable.
A lot of times, my goals in life involve me getting to the destination right away. My actions involve moving at a fast pace, which results in me being overweight, disorganized, and discombobulated.
It was revealed to me that overweight is due to a lack of emotional support and protection due to insecurity, which would explain a lot. In fact, it causes me to get easily distracted and discouraged by minor setbacks.
I use to perceive setbacks and delays as something I did wrong, which is not the case all the time. There were times when my setbacks and delays occurred because my focus and intentions were on the right path.
I learned God is working behind the scenes making things would work out the way I prayed for them.
Embracing the process allowed me to come up with five reasons why the journey is more essential than the destination in life.
1. You Learn Being “Present” in the moment Welcomes Serenity
Serenity is a gift from God that allows you to become calm and still. Being present in the moment is something that I struggle with.
I am always thinking about the next thing, or what I needs to be accomplished. In my perspective, work needs to be done, and there is not enough time in the day for it. Participating in Yoga has given me the opportunity to be present in the moment.
I have begun to recognize that even the most simplistic thing in life such as my breathing was thrown off due to stress. Being present allows me to release stress and anxiety of the world. It allows me to really feel God’s sacre presences. Being in the present moment is a gift from God anyway. Why should we take it for granted?
2. You Began To Embrace There Is Beauty In The Struggle
I came from a upbringing, where struggling is not something you show case. It is something you hide; which means that you must put up a facade that things are ok. I am guilty of adapting to that concept. I have learned from adapting to that concept that I was not operating in my true self.
Moving fast, I am not paying attention to my surroundings. My focus is so directed to getting to the destination that I began to lose sight of the journey.
My most frustrating times in my life is when I find myself running into the same situations that occurred before. It’s when I began to assess that I holding on to a character trait that God wanted to strip from me.
God wants to create a new me, but I cannot be renewed with the same old habits and behavior traits. Beauty lies in the hands of the beholder. Creating a new me is God’s makeover for me.
3. Positive Affirmations Is Your Best Friend
Positive affirmations are positive statements that can change your negative concept about yourself and the world around you.
I believe that positive affirmations are essential to enjoying the journey in life because it helps to transform the mind (Romans 12:2). It also allows you to speak life into yourself so that your thoughts can be modified.
Proverbs 18:20-21 covers the power of the tongue, and how our words can bring life or death to ourselves and others. I feel enjoying the journey of life requires you to speak positive affirmations; which speaks life into your mind, body, and soul.
Something so simple such as “My life holds a purpose in this world”. Can change the way you view your circumstances and the world around you.
4. Living With Gratification is Key
With the many struggles in life. It is so easy to lose sight of gratification . As an individual working to build things in life; it is so easy to place all of my focus on obtaining, sustaining, and maintaining materials possession.
Once that occurs, I lose sight of the important things in life. Something so simple as waking up in the morning is a blessing lead alone food and etc.
If you don’t have anything to think about, think about having the ability to move when you want or having clear mindset is a blessing also.
I am learning no matter how messed up my day or life feels, there are things I should be grateful for. Many may not be aware, but gratification is the gateway to having abundance in your life. I am an recovering perfectionist, so gratification saves me from depression and anxiety.
5. You Began To Learn That Control Shouldn’t Be Your Best Friend
Letting go of control in my life and giving it to God has to be the hardest thing I have done. I believe it is so hard because I am so use to defending myself against others and their unintentional ways.
Its a surreal feeling to know God is there to direct my path. It is still a bit challenging for me because I like to know what is happening in my life.
Ironically, I try to control conditions that I have no control over for instance other’s opinions about myself and the circumstances in my life. I also have an issue with taking others people’s problems and making it my own.
That’s the downfall of being a social worker with a kind heart. I wanna help everyone as much as I can. To be honest, learning to let go of my control is an emancipating feeling. It feels well to know that I have God and the Angels on my side directing my path. Honestly, I am still trying to figure conditions out in this subject called life.
Psalms 23:4 (KJV) states, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me”.
This scripture make me feel comforted to know that it is okay to loosen my grip off my steering wheel and foot off the breaks because God is my GPS. He will make sure I reach my destination in due time.
So, as I walk through this journey called life. I am learning to enjoy the view while enjoying the bumps and potholes on the road. If I keep my focus on God I know I will get to my destinations in life in no time.