Dr. Rich Patterson

This is Only Temporary . . . 

It just isn’t worth it sometimes!  You know, it’s all just too much and for what?  It seems impossible to overcome all the obstacles and roadblocks to get where we want to go.  When we’re overwhelmed by life and out plans just aren’t working out, we can remind ourselves that this is only temporary.  That it is impossible to get where we need to go without the struggle.  The struggle is the journey, it is the most important part of the journey.

When I was younger I used to focus on achieving a goal to the point that when I reached it, I dismissed it immediately.  Many hundreds of goals later, I realize I was like a robot.  You know, just going through the motions to do something and when I accomplished it, I simply moved on.  The journey wasn’t fun or even teaching me much of anything, it was the goal that was the most important–right?  Or is it?  Actually the journey is the most important.  Have you ever waited and waited for a holiday to come up and when it came and went you realized that it wasn’t that big a deal after all.  That the time in preparation was more fun than the actual event oftentimes.

We have to realize that the journey isn’t dependent on what we don’t have.  That will be provided for us when we need it, that the difference can be made up when it is time.  This is so crucial to understanding that in life earning something, traveling to a destination, taking time with others is the most important part of what we do.  The arrival to a goal or event is quickly replaced by something else and then something else and on and on.

Remember that trouble has an expiration date.  Stephen R. Covey teaches us in his landmark book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, that if we can simply be strong during a difficult time, or a test period of sorts, that it will quickly pass.  It doesn’t last as long as we think, particularly if we’re looking for what’s next in the positive sense.

This is only temporary, you cannot get to where you need to go without the struggle.  John Maxwell says, “It’s uphill.  It’s all uphill.”  It’s not what we don’t have, it’s the journey to get there that you will remember.  The stuff that builds character, perseverance mindset, and creating something great.  Trouble has an expiration date–set it, shorter than you think, and look to what’s next.

Rich