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    I read my daily Meditations for Women book today, and the topic is 'Goals'. I thought I'd share today's meditation. (I've changed a word or two as to not offend anyone)

    March 4 Goals

    It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. ~Ursula K. LeGuin

    Goals give direction to our lives. We need to know who we are and where we want to go. But the trip itself, the steps we travel, offer us daily satisfaction moment by moment - fulfillment, if we'd but realize it. Too often we keep our sights on the goal's completion, rather than the process - the day to day living that makes the completion possible.

    How often do we think, "When I finish college, I'll feel stronger" or "After the divorce is final, I can get back to work." Or even, "When I land that promotion, my troubles are over." Life will begin "when" -or so it seems in our minds. And when this attitude controls our thinking, we pass up our opportunity to live, altogether.

    Looking back on goals already completed in our lives, what so quickly follows the end of a job well done is a letdown. And how sad that the hours, the days, the weeks, maybe even the months we toiled are gone, with little sense of all they have meant.
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    I will not forget that every moment of every day I can be spiritually centered and joyous. The goal I'm striving toward will carry with it a special gift, it will offer the growing person within me an extra thrill, if I've attended to the journey as much as its end.

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    Thanks for sharing that!!

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    It reminds me of the following poem:

    Ithaka
    C.P. Cavafy

    As you set out for Ithaka
    hope your road is a long one,
    full of adventure, full of discovery.
    Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
    angry Poseidon--don't be afraid of them:
    you'll never find things like that on your way
    as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
    as long as a rare excitement
    stirs your spirit and your body
    Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
    wild Poseidon--you won't encounter them
    unless you bring them along inside your soul,
    unless your soul sets them in front of you.

    Hope your road is a long one.
    May there be many summer mornings when,
    with what pleasure, what joy,
    you enter harbors you're seeing for the first time;
    may you stop at Phoecician trading stations
    to buy fine things,
    mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
    sensual perfume of every kind--
    and may you visit Egyptian cities
    to learn from their scholars.

    Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
    Arriving there is what you are destined for.
    But don't hurry the journey at all.
    Better if it lasts for years,
    so you're old be the time you reach the island,
    wealthy with all that you've gained on the way,
    not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.
    Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
    Without her you wouldn't have set out.
    She has nothing left to give you now.

    And if you find her poor, Ithaka won't have fooled you.
    Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
    you'll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.

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