Finding Joy in the Journey

Reading: “Finding Joy in the Journey,” President Thomas S. Monson, Ensign, Nov 2008

Just before I sat down to write this post, I was feeling overwhelmed by all the things buzzing around in my head that I really wanted and needed to do today.  So, I wrote them all down in a list on a piece of scratch paper.  In an effort to be realistic about what I could get done today I then wrote next to each item the amount of time it would take to accomplish each task.  I felt too discouraged to add it all up, but I know if I had it would have been enough tasks for at least three days, maybe more.

Then, in an effort to learn about gratitude I decided to read “Finding Joy in the Journey,” a talk given by President Monson at the last general conference.  In this talk President Monson lovingly asks us to pay more attention to the people in our lives and to “find joy in the journey.”  He said,

I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and nonexistent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey—now.

It seemed to me that while I was praying for a way to get everything done, God is trying to tell me to stop driving myself so hard and to choose the better part.  I am also reminded of the scripture Luke 10:40-42:

But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:  But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Today I am going to take this timely counsel and try to find joy in my journey.  Specifically, I will take a five minute break every hour or so just to pay attention to what is going on around me and to be more grateful for my blessings and my family.

How do you get past your to do list and enjoy your daily life?  What helps you to find joy in the journey?

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1 comment so far

  1. Michaela Stephens on

    Funny that you should post this; it has brought to my mind how so often I cut myself off from enjoyment because I have homework to do for school.
    And yet I go to school because I enjoy learning. How contradictory is this? I’ve tried to find joy in my journey by making sure that my papers that I write are on topics that I find interesting. I relish the opportunity to choose what to write about. (I’m in a writing major.)

    I think life is a mix of to do lists and interruptions and they both have their advantages. To do lists help you develop drive and discipline, and it is gratifying to feel that you’ve gotten some things done. Interruptions help you develop patience, grace, and they can give you a break.


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