Friday, November 30, 2007
ARE WE THERE YET?
Remember those trips with the family when you were young and how you constantly asked that question? It always seemed like an eternity when you were stuffed in the back of a station wagon and on a long trip. Well that’s the way we traveled anyway. Your trips may have been different. There were 7 of us so the car was always crowded. Mom and Dad sat in the front with my youngest brother. Then three kids sat in the back seat and I would get way in the back with the luggage. None of us were strapped in either but somehow we lived through it all. Anyway the point is there had to be a destination in mind in order to ask that question. Usually for us it was upstate NY to visit the relatives or Camp JOY (Church camp) in West Virginia. Both were long trips from Florida.
So this morning I was listening to the Steve Harvey show on the radio as I do every morning at 6:00. If you are ever up at that hour, I highly recommend his show. He starts his show each day with an inspirational message and some thoughts for the day. Today’s show was about having a goal or purpose in life. I pondered this as I drove in to work this morning. I have been working on a huge report at work. It is a continuing project and seemingly endless so began thinking about where I am going with it and to tell the truth, I have lost sight of my goal. So before I started typing this morning I reminded myself what my goal for this project really was. Now that I know what it is, I have found that my work is much easier. As long as I keep my final goal in focus, I can stay on track and put to the side anything that is unnecessary in me reaching my goal.
It’s the same with lifelong goals. First you have to have a final goal in mind or you will find yourself just heading out to work day in and day out with no end in sight. I dare say lots of people are in that rut. They go to work each day, living for the weekend but come Monday they start it all over again. No wonder so many people are going crazy these days. With all the stress in the workplace they have nothing to look forward to in life without a bigger goal. When I was young, I had the normal goals of becoming wealthy or famous in life. Now that I am older, my goals are less selfish and on a grander scale. So what are your goals in life? I know there are some good ones out there. And none of those Miss America type goals either. You know the ones “I want to do good things for good people and be a really good good person” :) I will tell mine if you tell me yours.