You Can Never Get There...
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by Jamie Spannhake
August 03, 2021
My daughter and I were talking in the car the other day. We like a good play on words. One of our favorites is this:
"Tomorrow never comes because when it arrives, it is today."
We came up with another one I like even better:
"You can never get there because once you get there, you are here."
This made me think about how so many of us strive to get "there" -- that place in our career where we finally feel successful; that number in our bank accounts when we finally believe we have made enough; that unattainable place that keeps moving farther from where we are, no matter how much we achieve.
It also reminds me of the Buddhist principle that all suffering comes from desire.
There's not necessarily anything wrong with wanting more, wanting to improve, wanting to grow, craving change, and the like. There's nothing wrong with pursuing achievements and setting goals. There's nothing wrong with wealth and money.
People often misstate the phrase "money is the root of all evil." That's not the phrase. The correct statement is "the love of money is the root of all evil." It's from the King James Version of the Bible, Timothy 6:10.
My point is this: we can be grateful for what we have, happy with the present, and strive for improvement, all at the same time. But if we keep our eyes only focused on "there," we miss what is happening here and now.
I want to double down on being present in the here and now, being mindful, being grateful. Because I've gotten to a place that felt like "there" before, and once I was there, I was here, and "there" was still somewhere else to work toward. We can't get "there" because "there" keeps changing.
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