“What sets a canoeing expedition apart is that it purifies you more rapidly and inescapably than any other travel. Travel … in a canoe and you are already a child of nature.” Pierre Elliott Trudeau
Often when we travel we are oblivious to what is happening around us. Overly focused on our destination and ‘are we there yet’ – we fail to notice the scenery along the way. As a canoeist, I can appreciate Trudeau’s sentiments.
Aside from the list of places garnered en route? I know you have probably ” Been there and bought the T-shirt” – But was it enjoyable? Was the experience enriching? How did you feel about the experience? We may assume the accomplishment of the goal is enough but acheiving the ‘desired’ can leave us feeling as if something is lacking. It is not the accomplishment alone that is worthwhile, more importantly is is how it was accomplished, and the little treasures we collect enroute. Those little positive encounters with fellow sojourners. There is always trade offs, nothing is achieved without impacting some other area of your life. What are those consequences? Remember; how you travel is as important as the destination. In life all we really have is a series of journeys, let us be sure to have enjoyable ones.