I’m a big fan of TOMS shoes. For those of you who have never heard of it, take a look:
I had the privilege of hearing Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS speak at the Willow Creek Leadership Summit a few years ago and since then, I’ve bought more pairs than I could possibly need. I love the the idea, the cause and the statement it makes about where my heart is when other people see me wearing them. I strongly encourage you to buy yourself a pair.
This post is about my latest pair of TOMS:
You might not be able to tell by the picture, but the phrase written all around the shoe is this:
“Journey is the destination”
From what I can tell after a quick google search, the origins of this quote are fairly contentious. But irrespective of that, I find it incredibly thought-provoking. You see, like a child who hides out in their tree house, I like to hide out in the future, immersed in what ‘will be’, rather than what simply ‘is’. As if the excitement hasn’t fully arrived yet; as if I haven’t arranged the world in quite the way I want it yet so I’m not ready to enjoy it. Everything is a means to an end and until I’ve arrived at that end, I’m doing nothing more than ‘plodding on’.
But that’s kind of missing the point.
I want to savour every moment of this hurricane that I’m caught up in. I tend to feel at times like I’m being swept from one meeting, event or obligation to the next with hardly a second to stop. But I’m so grateful that I get to live my life in top gear. I want to squeeze every little thing I can from the time that God has given me here and recognise each and every blessing I receive. Life is not just a series of checkpoints to a greater destination. Those checkpoints are all final destinations in themselves; lessons to be learned; moments to be enjoyed. The journey is the destination.
Today is a reminder for me (and hopefully for you too) that if we look too far ahead, we miss the beauty in the moments that are right in front of us. Don’t miss out on today because your mind is fixed too firmly on tomorrow.