I am really enjoying reading other writers’ work. Blogs, books, ebooks, even tweets! I have had a steady diet of dead people’s writing for many years and they continue to influence my thoughts but lately I am really energized by current work.
For example, Jeff Goins. I first learned of Jeff’s work through Michael Hyatt (another writer I am influenced by). I read a couple of Jeff’s posts and subscribed to his blog via email. That’s a great way to stay connected with writers you enjoy (you can subscribe to my blog that way too! hint, hint)
Since I just wrote about Journeys, I was excited to read Jeff’s email; he posted about journeys that day as well. And I wasn’t disappointed!
He does this so well I want you to benefit from his work. The following is excerpted from Jeff Goins’ email to his subscribers on Monday, Sept.30
10 lessons we learn from journeys
So here are 10 brief lessons I learned from my trip. Maybe they’ll help you on whatever journey you’re taking:
- No journey is perfect. Take one, anyway. You will grow regardless.
- The destination is never quite what we expect. But without one, we wander aimlessly. So having a final arrival point is important if for no other reason than it gets you started.
- Only when we let go of what we think we deserve can we really enjoy what we have.
- Inspiration is everywhere. You just need eyes to see it. Yes, even in cornfields.
- The hard part isn’t getting from point A to B. It’s paying attention to what’s around you before you miss it.
- A journey is less meaningful when traveled alone. We need community to make the most of all experiences, even if that means finding it along the way.
- Art helps us process. A good book or great record not only helps pass the time; it gives language to an experience you might otherwise not be able to describe.
- Gratitude makes any experience better. It’s easy to want to be home or some place else but we have no control over that. Turns out all we can control is our attitude. So why not be thankful?
- The best journeys have a purpose. But expect to be surprised and even see that purpose change.
- If you accomplish nothing, see nothing, even feel nothing, take heart. Whether you realize it or not, you’ve changed. And this is reason enough to continue traveling. Also you can click over to his site and subscribe to his blog.
I am doing my own reflecting on our journeys of this summer and fall (as the season has now changed).
What about you? How are Jeff’s lessons similar to your experiences? How are they different?