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The Journey There

May 18, 2012
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Read this great quote by Richard Rohr the other day:

How you get there determines where you arrive and what you arrive as.

I could apply this to so many areas of my life right now….but as I read it, I couldn’t help but think about it through the very practical lenses of the journey my family is taking to Thailand next week.

20 hour flight + 3 kids + layover + jet lag + trying to disconnect my brain from my regular pace of work and life = CRAZINESS.  There’s no way around it.  And unfortunately, I know my tendencies all too well – especially when it involves slowing down and transitioning into a slower pace.  Been there, done that….and quite often, not very well.

So I’m making some internal, up-front decisions about how I’m going to handle the crazy parts of the journey.  And I’m determined to be intentional about making the “how you get there” part as great of an experience as I can for everyone – or at the very least, contribute towards it in a positive way – instead of a way that will only add to the tension, frustration, and craziness that the journey will inevitably bring.  I have to….because Rohr’s right – the “where we arrive” and the “what we arrive as” parts depend on it.

 


2 Responses to “The Journey There”

  1. I think you’re doing a great job at modeling practicing a slower pace… you’re gonna do great!

  2. Tammy says:

    Great post, Scott. This is so true, especially when a vacation can be so stressful. Choosing how you will react before you start is such a great idea. I think it can often make or break a trip.

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