Enjoy the Rewards Along the Journey

I don’t buy lottery tickets but if I did, I would be among the many who invest in the fallacy that they will become the next multi-millionaire. A lot of us are living our lives waiting to hit the illusive jackpot. And for some of us, the jackpot is usually – when I get settled” (whatever that means), “after I pay off some debt”, “as soon as I can find time”, “when the last child is off to college” and other far-off reward thinking.

Why not enjoy as much of the journey as possible now and not put off joy today for that magical reward when you arrive at some illusive destination?

What have you missed spending a big portion of your life waiting…and missing out on some delicious opportunities to savor the moment?

As a young girl, I can remember my grandmother waiting…. saving things for some vague special occasion. As I noticed more and more of my grandmother’s “some day”… I made a promise to myself that I would not wait to enjoy life or any of my possessions.

I didn’t have a voice for it then, but at that point, I must have decided that I would enjoy every abundant thing that came my way. So, I use the “good” crystal for a cold drink of water, drink tea from an antique cup and saucer if I want to; serve hamburgers on the “good” china midweek, and wear that new outfit tomorrow or as soon as I can. Why would I wait for a holiday, or other special time to take joy in the abundance all around me?

Why would you want to delay the enjoyment of the things that have been provided for your pleasure when you can delight in it today?

One of the things that will stop us from enjoying our journey is usually a strong feeling of unworthiness and the deep-seated belief that we’re not good enough or deserving enough of the pleasures we so freely give to others. The feeling that we are somehow undeserving of the good things life has to offer hinders us from enjoying the very things that are here exactly for our benefit and pleasure. If you have been “waiting”, take a look around you.

What are you waiting for?

  • Reach high up on that top shelf, take down a crystal glass (I bet your orange juice will taste better)
  • For dinner tonight, use your best dishes (you can still use them for special occasions)
  • Use the “good” linen you’ve been saving for guests
  • And that outfit you bought 6 months ago, take the tags off and wear it tomorrow

And in the meantime, if you bought a lottery ticket, good luck!

Gladys Anderson - Life Coach, Therapist, Author



Gladys Anderson, founder of Coach for YOUR Dreams, is a certified life coach, licensed marriage and family therapist, writer and speaker. Gladys combines years of experience, training and a genuine commitment to helping nurses, therapists, teachers and other caregivers balance the many demands on their time and energy, create limits that shift balance from overwhelm to energized, and live their lives with courage, confidence and clarity.

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