"Every day you make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb." - Winston Churchill
I have recently been reminded (in several ways and from several sources) that we are never done. Often I find myself thinking, "Once this is over..." or "If we can just get through this..." or "When this happens, then..." or even "Are you freakin kidding me. Not again...". But we will never get to a point where it is truly smooth sailing; where we are not being challenged in some way or forced to grow. And when you think about it, would you really want to be....."done"?
The challenges and obstacles we experience are what makes up our lives. The relationships we form, the lessons we learn, the character we develop all stems from the experiences we have, both good and bad.
I'm not going to pretend that I love challenges. Or that when a new problem arises my first reaction is "Oh, good! A chance for me to grow!" I am not nearly that enlightened. However, I am learning that these things are inevitable. So the sooner I accept them, the sooner I can go back to feeling good, enjoying life and being a positive influence to those around me.
We often get stuck living our lives in "in-between-time". Waiting for the next raise, holiday, vacation, weight loss, etc. Our lives are comprised of moments. And I don't want my moments to be filled with waiting. I want them to be filled with laughter, love and entertainment!