Just as we pull away from the drive thru we hear “how long to home, I’m SOOO hungry” to which we reply “five minutes”, silence, followed by “but FIVE minutes is FOREVER”. In her little world five minutes is a lifetime because ALL she wants is to get home.
Cubs fans watched anxiously as their team fought to WIN the World Series, it was an EPIC journey. Countless failed attempts to WIN the coveted TITLE, out of 11 only two were victories, 1907 & 1908 over a century ago. Every failure pushing them to be better, to try harder, to get up and try again.
“While FAILING you’re learning to succeed”, Steven Roddy.
The journey to the CROWN doesn’t happen without failures, just like learning to walk doesn’t happen without falling. It’s not the fall that matters it’s what you do when you get up. Each time my daughter competes we use it as a learning experience, currently it is spent talking about using “listening ears” and being kind to our friends, but it will grow and develop just as she does. Each time learning and growing to become a better her, inside and out.
It’s the JOURNEY that defines us, not the WIN. Steven Roddy, first got introduced to pageants by a past Miss Georgia title holder who gave him the opportunity to be apart of her journey. He saw see first hand the “evolution of her character” as competing “shaped her confidence, image and career”.
But it wasn’t overnight or without failures that this happened. It wasn’t INSTANT and without work. He used the example of a movie plot where the “evolution of the character happens in just 15 minutes”, realistic right?! Finger snap and poof, you are who you have always been meant to be.
It’s unrealistic and ultimately unattainable. He continued by saying that society has this way of making a person feel like “when [they] start something [they] should be an expert”, but the reality is that it takes YEARS to be an expert. It is hours of hard work and dedication along with multiple failed attempts.
We become “so focused on the finish line that we fail to ENJOY the JOURNEY”.
“Don’t run from tests and hardships …. As difficult as they are, you will ultimately find joy in them; if you embrace them, your faith will blossom under pressure and teach you true patience as you endure. And true patience brought on by endurance will equip you to complete the long journey and cross the finish line—mature, complete, and wanting nothing.” James 1:2-5
How? How do we enjoy the journey? How do we slow down from the fast pace world we live in? We LIVE for TODAY, we commit to live one day, one competition, one event, one MOMENT at a time. Take it all in, because the journey IS important.