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The Thin Blue Line

Sometimes he wondered if he would ever get there. With each step, he knew that he must be getting closer, but it always seemed just out of reach. It looked like he was getting closer, but it didn't feel like it, as though it were all an illusion. Maybe it was.

Each morning he would wake up thinking, "Today. It will be today." Each night he would go to bed thinking, "Tomorrow. It will be tomorrow." Each day the line got thinner, to the point of being almost invisible, but it was still there. It seemed like no matter what he did, not matter how hard he tried, it didn't make a difference. Like running on a treadmill, going as fast as he could without getting anywhere.

Then it occurred to him that maybe he was trying too hard, that he was too desperate. He had always believed that the universe in which he lived gave back what was put into it, but now he thought he might have misunderstood that at least a bit. That it wasn't simply a numbers game, a question of put more in, get more back.

He came to realize that in doing only for the promise of reward, he was denying himself that very reward. That the doing had no value, because he did not value it other than for what it could achieve. He understood now that he had been so focused on the destination that the journey had become meaningless.

His newfound understanding in hand, he let go of the "goal." He just put it out of his mind and went about his business, doing for the sake of doing, being for the enjoyment of being. He embarked upon the journey, and found that it was it's own reward.

Not long after this, it happened, seemingly without any effort on his part. While he wasn't even looking, he reached his original destination, and found that it was simply a step in the journey.
  

5 comments:

Kate Mohler said...

clapclapclapclap I like this one a lot, Legacy! Good things happen when we least expect it; good people arrive when we think they never will. I like the hopefulness here. Thanks for this!

Just Me said...

Legacy, its true, trying too hard just coz the 'pat on the back' when we achieve, sometimes all that effort leads to frustration. Its better to relax & enjoy the journey & before you know it, the path has already crossed your goal & gne ahead............

suzzy said...

This is how it is with milking cows. You just have to do it for the sake of being able to do it. And always in the end, the cows will give you what you need.

Sotepop said...

This is fantastic.

Anonymous said...

I like this.