Monday, February 3, 2014

Thought for The Day - Thousand Day Journey

The Turn (part of a series) 12 x 17 pastels


"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Lao Tzu

I remember hearing, reading and meditating on this saying so many years ago. You know when you're a child or teenager, you have no idea how easy life is for you. It isn't until you get into the "real world" where nearly every purchase, decision, consequence or reward is on you! That's when you realize that having goals is critical, but not always easy! The journey may begin with a single step, but it certainly doesn't end there!

What about a journey of a thousand days? You see, with cars, planes and trains, a thousand miles isn't a terrible journey, though it's beginning is the same: a single step (or action). But a thousand days? That's almost three years! I'll go you one better: what about a journey that spans your entire life? From infancy to an undetermined time in the future?

We are all living a "life's journey" from cradle to grave, but there are times when the "destination" is as vague as London fog! We set goals, we set sail and there are times when our journey seems like it has hit a detour. Worse, there are times when it seems it has come to a standstill. But seriously, seriously: DON'T GIVE UP! No matter how long it seems to take, no matter who berates you for continuing, who will not go with you, continue on your way!

And folks, please believe, I speak this for you and I!

One step more, you're almost there!