November 23, 2015
We are a culture built on manifest destiny. Cross the ocean. Go west, past the Mississippi, over the Rockies, to the coast of California. Once there, we take to the sky, the oceans, and outer space. We reach the moon, and then set our sights on Mars.
On an individual level, this culture provides constantly-moving goal posts. Finish high school. Get into college. Graduate. Get a job. Get married. Buy a house. Get a promotion. Always be on the move to the next thing.
Movement, progress, and evolution are good things. It is healthy to be motivated to grow. Yet when we can spend so much time focusing on the specific accomplishments we have in life, and hitting specific goals, we do not value the journey we are on. (more…)