Crave the Day: Where are you Traveling?

An important question is where are you traveling? I don’t mean where is your current destination, but where are you really traveling?  Think about it for a minute. If a traveler is journeying far, she knows the destination. She most likely has estimated how long it will take to get there, and she has probably planned what route she’ll take to reach her destination. Likewise, our journey towards success is not that different–we have to determine our destination. Only you can decide where you’re going and sometimes that means looking back at where you’ve been.

If I look back at where I’ve been, back to let’s say 1995, I was fairly young in the Air Force. I had my whole career ahead of me: my travel destination was where the Air Force sent me, and at this time I lived in Japan. I might even say I was on top of the world! Okay maybe not, but I was fairing well in the Land of the Rising  Sun. Honestly, life was good! Yet something within me knew I couldn’t always let the Air Force pick my destination. One day, my service would be complete and my destination would become mine alone–not a set of orders that determined my new home. I would need to pick a destination and determine goals that would help me arrive.

So ask yourself to visualize your destination and the goals that will help you arrive there. Assess where you have been and ask yourself…where do I want to be? You might be venturing towards a new career, have desires to live abroad, or hopes to start a new business. The destination is your choice, your goals. Decide where you want to go; be firm about your ideal destination and do chase after your goals.

In my previous post, I stated your vision of success is your vision. It’s much like a travel destination, we all have different tastes and desires. So, too, are our ideas of success. This series is simply a guide to nudge you towards life’s greatest hike–the climb you alone have determined.

So consider these final thoughts:

  1. We need a travel destination: goal
  2. We need approximate travel time: how long might it take you to reach your goal?
  3. We need a route to arrive at our “chosen” destination: what steps will you take to move forward?

My final question is…how do you crave the day?

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About this series: If you’re looking for a virtual hiking companion– a chit chat on craving the day–then join me. Let’s talk success. I’ll be sharing my experiences with you, and I invite you to join in or feel free to ask questions.
Why did I begin this series? During my career, mentoring and helping others reach their goals was a part of my responsibility. Upon my retirement, I began interacting with many people who felt their ambitions were not tangible–goals such as earning a college degree and landing a dream job. Additionally, I was surprised at the notion of failure that prevented these individuals from even trying and so this series is dedicated to travelers who might lack a travel guide.
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Previous Post in this series: “Apta in die illa: Crave the Day”

31 thoughts on “Crave the Day: Where are you Traveling?

  1. Yes the biggest road to failure is not trying. I’ll venture to say that’s the biggest failure of all. We are coming to the end of a 30 year career and although I thought I’d live right here in the little town, I’ve lived in all my life, it seems not only will we be moving but moving to a whole other state LOL. I am excited but anxious as “here” is all I have ever known. I live at the beach. We’ll be moving to the mountains so that’s as far from my comfort zone as you can get. But we have a 3 year plan to get there, get it done, and be settled. It’s a new adventure for sure 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting Margaret. I can understand if you are feeling any reservations about moving. The nice aspect of moving in the military is much of the support that comes with the move. Typically people well help you get situated. Leaving the beach does sounds sad; however, I love the mystery of the mountains. You can always find some hidden treasure. I am excited for your new adventure, and that is wonderful you have a plan–as does God. 😉 Moves are stressful. I am sure you know this which is why you have already started planning, and I have no doubt you are praying about it too. Can I be excited for you? I always love a new adventure. 🙂

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      1. Yes, God is there nudging us along. We met a real estate agent that was for sure a Divine nudge. We stopped, looked at a property. I suggested lets just call the number on the sign. The sweet lady who answered said she’d be there in 5 minutes. She showed us several properties, none quite right. The she literally, in conversation told us about this little miracle God had done for her, and we knew God put us right with who He wanted us to be with. Later on we found out the number we called wasn’t even hers, it was an associate of hers that was busy and said, “here answer this” Another Divine nudge 🙂 I am excited more than sad for sure. It’s a beautiful area God has led us to. So, yes by all means be excited for us :):) and thank you for that 🙂

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    1. Thank you for commenting, and here is my thought. I may be wrong. Feel free to let me know, and I would love to learn more of your thoughts.

      On your About page you mention the desire to “continual explore the new me.” And that is great! I love it! So it sounds like your destination is a “state of being” and a continuous cycle to try new things. However, with all those experiences you might try to consider what today, then tomorrow? Yesterday I was in the military, today I teach at a college writing, this past weekend I took photos for a friend’s wedding–to which I am no expert! The bride declared I should have a side business–well, we shall see. Regardless, I need “tiny goals” to help me reach the destination of confident photographer. I hope this makes sense. Life is full of opportunities to try new adventures. Embrace them I say! I hope this helps. Again, I may be way off and I apologize if I have assumed anything. And the time factor is intended to give yourself a suspense; it helps you climb towards your set goals. Vision when you would like something to happen and always remain flexible. 🙂

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      1. Yes, you have got it right…Life is full of experiences and new adventure, this keeps our enthusiasm alive… and yes when you know someday you will definitely reach your present goal, time factor keep the suspense and I have no complaint for it as everything that happen, happen at their accurate timings. The important thing here is when you live a life full of different experiences, shows that you have come over the fear of failures and that state is above many all. Thank you for writing and elaborating more on it. We are people of not so different thinking levels…cheers.

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      2. You’re very right…it’s okay to be nervous about new experiences, but I say equip yourself with the tools to help you reach your destination. And some journeys are not meant for today, but this does not mean there is no tomorrow. Cheers to you as well! 🙂

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  2. Sharon, this is empowering. Really, you have created a path for thinking, when the destination may seem distant and unreachable. Your guidance and encouragement will provide that confidence to those travellers and enable them to reach their desired destination.

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    1. Thank you, Amitav. It’s cliche, but trying his half the battle. Helping others to accomplish their goals has always been a passion of mine so I plan to speak more into this area in the next few weeks. I am so glad you found it interesting and empowering information. 🙂

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  3. This post Sharon. It did not appear on my reader. Happy that I caught it though as it is very thought provoking. I think I am in a time of transition right now stepping back to see where my spirit calls me. I do not know what is next…

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    1. No worries Brigid, and I am glad you found these thoughts insightful–these types of discussions have always been a huge interest of mine. In reality transitions are constant, some, however, are more subtle than others. Some changes will require more time and acceptance. The acceptance of a “slower life” is something that took a lot of adjustment for me, and I’m pretty sure that’s what peeked my interest of your book–and I am in the section of Slow now. You’ve led a fascinating life. I love the idea that you traveled to India alone, but then you were not really alone. You had people in mind to meet and areas of interest to visit. Wherever you may be traveling to Brigid…maybe it will help to reflect on where you have been. But I am no means an expert; I am only a novice embracing the idea of slow–which to me means investing more time with family and friends.

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      1. Thanks Sharon. It is lively to get positive feedback on my book. I think we teach what we need to heal and my parents came from a generation where people were valued for being busy. It has taken me a long time to let go of busyness. I agree it is time for reflection now and then…
        I would love to read about your experiences in Japan. It is such a fascinating country and I hope to visit some day. 😊

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      2. Yes Japan is very nice, living there for four years was hard as my oldest son was so young. He always asked for a “down-house” as we lived on the 8th floor of an apartment complex. Maybe some day I will revisit Japan through my blog. Some of my friends have remained in Japan even after their service. They fell in love and opted to remain in their wive’s homeland. I know others who are their for their first time as well. Sometimes it feels like a long time–being away from your country. It is beautiful, and I am happy I was able to experience. Now I have a love for sushi and the food is delicious in Japan. The Chinese food is excellent–nothing like the states which is deemed “Americanized.” I don’t know why; it’s what I hear from others. But I can state my mouth felt betrayed upon my return. Anyways, do get to Japan for some wonderful food and culture. You will love. 🙂

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      3. Yes and if you can get away from the city environment that might be nice too. Although Tokyo is neat to see; it is a bit polluted. I was obsessive about washing my white kitchen cabinets as I didn’t like the soot that came in the apartment. Do try and visit their countryside; it is beautiful and almost magical.

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      4. I am excited for when you can visit Brigid. Yes the cherry blossoms! I was at a lake a few weeks ago and froze when I saw a cherry blossoms tree, for that brief moment I was transported back to Japan. Imagine how beautiful many trees are if one can evoke stillness. A regret is I did not take as many photos as I should of–and we did not have digital then! But I do have printed photos. Perhaps I will have to share, but I am not sure how well I could feature on the blog. I doubt I have the film laying around. Too many moves, some of our photos have never made it to us for delivery. 😦

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      5. That would make a wonderful blog post. I lost all my photos last year when the hard drive went on my computer. Thankfully I had a few in print that are safe. I have been able to scan some of them successfully for my blog. 😊

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  4. Wonderful post — and I loved learning a bit more about your life as well.

    You are right that we are almost always “in transition” – but those BIG transitions (i.e., leaving the Service, retirement, when our last child leaves home, etc) leaves some of us stuck for a period of time before we are emotionally ready to pick a new goal. And that’s okay too.

    “Slow” sometimes means “stop,” as in, “stop here to enjoy the sunset for a while.” Authentic engagement is SO much more satisfying than setting a goal and working diligently toward achieving it before we are truly ready to do so.

    I know that’s NOT what you are advocating with this post, but I still wanted to add this idea to the conversation. Not having goal after goal that we work toward every single day of our lives serves a purpose too. Then, when we are ready to go again, voila! Suddenly we think of a goal worth pursuing.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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    1. Exactly! I do agree on that point, and I’m glad you mention that thought. Pursuing goal after goal can lead to devastating consequences. We want our goals to steer towards positive stress and not become negative. Thank you so much for bringing that point up Madelyn.

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      1. Oooh – good term, “positive stress!” Without some of that, most of us would probably never get out of bed – lol! And knowing where we want to go supplies a great reason to get up and get going — when we are ready to climb the next peak, of course.

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