Fall in Love with the Journey

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Regardless of the distance or destination, I love to travel.  Like people, each place is unique and promises the potential for meaningful connections and discovery. Additionally, I have found that traveling offers a striking analogy for living what is commonly described as the Law of Attraction.

Personally, I have found that the most beautiful things coincide with simplicity and a level of purity: Italian cuisine, a childlike wonder, a view overlooking the ocean. Like physical laws about energy, gravity or momentum, the law of attraction is a simple formula that is easily undermined by over thinking.

Therefore, I have come to apply my simplistic view of the law of attraction, because I find this is how it works best for me. Looking back at my life, I can honestly say I have obtained everything I ever truly desired. This was in a haphazard way without knowing the law of attraction. Now that I am aware of the law, I have experienced an incredible chain of miracles/coincidences/blessings (whatever word you want to use) at an accelerated rate.

So, here’s my simple rule: fall in love with the journey.

Think about how you feel when you are in love. Your body tingles. You’re filled with hope and excitement about your next meeting. Being in the presence or simply thinking of the object of your affection fills you with joy. You see beauty in all aspects, including qualities others might consider flaws or idiosyncrasies. To you, they are the uniqueness of your love’s perfection.

Think of some of the most successful, long running television shows that featured two people in love who took a ridiculously long time to express it. Friends, Frazier, Who’s the Boss (I know, I’m dating myself here). We were enthralled by the story, the gradual revelation of longings, the tension, and the near misses. We kept coming back each week to see if this would be THE EPISODE.

And what happened when the two finally united? After a few episodes of blissful celebration, most of us lost interest. We knew we had reached the end of the story, whether or not the networks agreed.

The writers made us fall in love with the journey. And the joy derived from the journey was greater and longer lasting than the joy of culmination.

With traveling and the law of attraction, there are two states: the present state, and something we desire (usually wealth, relationships, achievement). The present state is our point along the journey, and the attainment of our desires is the destination.

In order for the law of the attraction to work to your advantage, you need to do two things. The first one is something covered in every book about accomplishing your goals: visualize your desire. Think, feel, and behave as the person you want to be. Visualize yourself today as if you have already arrived and are enjoying your destination. This is what every successful athlete, businessperson, actor has used to achieve their goals.

The second thing is to fully appreciate where you are in the process of getting there, i.e., fall in love with the journey.

Not appreciating your current state leads to self-sabotage.  The universe needs feedback to keep giving you what you want.  No feedback results in driving in circles.  Blindly rushing to the goal means you miss the people, the experiences, and the lessons along the way. Worse, focusing on what you don’t want will get you going backwards.  Keep ranting about your partner/job/[fill in the blank] and how they make you unhappy. See how this pushes you further from what you want.  Instead, focus on the things going well. 

Provide feedback in the form of gratitude, and soon you’ll notice the blessings pouring in and how you are moving forward.

I have found that skipping this second step can result in taking a really, really long time to manifest your desires.

Falling in love with the journey, seeing every aspect as something positive and beautiful, will bring you to that place in more incredible ways than you could ever have imagined. This is the way it has and continues to work for me.

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2 Comments

  • David Wenger says:

    Thanks for the great article Ruth.

    I love how you describe the 2 keys to the Law of Attraction. Like you, I have also seen the value in living this way. There are no coincidences in life – for better or worse (depending on your state of thought) – we draw to us that which we desire, whether we are cognizant of those desires or not.

    I’ve just discovered your blog, and wish you all the best in your travels and volunteering. Looking forward to reading more from you!

    • Ruth says:

      You’re welcome, David. If you’ve read my latest post, you’ll see I am experiencing a period of ‘contrast’ where I can see things I definitely do not want in my world – corruption, apathy, and a prevailing ‘poverty mindset.’ These are things others have manifested which are slowing the reconstruction efforts here in Tacloban. Amidst of all this I keep meeting the right people and falling into the right situations, in order to do what I enjoy doing, which is helping others. No coincidences, for sure.

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