I will begin with a Hannah Brencher quote:
“Enjoy the journey, not just the destinations.”
I have noticed that when I travel with people, we tend to get from point a to point b without paying much mind to the time spent in between. We tend to see the curves in the road as keeping us from the ‘real joy’ that is to come from reaching a certain place in a practical, straight line.
What if we were to enjoy the time in between? To let our adventures get interrupted by people, events, or places? To be okay with the adventure taking a left turn, rather than a right? To allow yourself to be late in order to experience something new, or help a stranger in need?
I was at a baseball game last night with my family, and you usually see people asking for money as you walk in or out of the stadium. It’s a sad reality that we live in and it’s hard to walk by, knowing that there is not much that you can do to help in that moment other than acknowledge them and say hello.
As a whole, I feel like we look down, avoid their hands reaching out, and pretend they’re not there. We walk right past and don’t let their reality mix with our own.
That particular night was raining on and off, so we didn’t have that particular experience. But as we were leaving, a little girl, probably around 7 years old, had a box of candy bars and was asking people if they would like to buy one as the crowd of people were walking back to their cars from the stadium.
When we were passing her I said, “No, thank you!” And continued to walk right on by. After a hot second, I thought, “Well why not? Who turns down candy from a cute little girl?”
I turned around and talked to her for a minute. She told me that she was raising money for her school so that her class could go on a field trip to the zoo. She had the biggest smile on her face when I started asking her about it. Precious.
This was so little, such a small small thing.
I just felt like I needed to share this because these little detours or distractions from getting to the next thing are important! Sometimes they’re little girls with a dream to go to the zoo, sometimes it’s getting a pizza with pretzel crust, and sometimes it’s taking 2 hours in Meijer instead of 30 minutes.
Embrace the uncomfortable! Take your time! Stop when all the world is telling you is go, go, go!
Enjoy the journey, friends.