Goodbye to yesterday’s achievements


“What you’re missing is that the path itself changes you.”
― Julien Smith, The Flinch

There’s something about our achievements. They made us feel alive. Happy and on top of the world. But the thing is, if care is not taken, we focus on yesterday’s accomplishments so much that we forget the future. As unnatural as this sounds, a lot if times, we do it. We settle down into this “I’ve arrived mode.” Sometimes worse is the erroneous belief that because these skills sets worked with accomplish goal A in the past, it definitely has to work for this current project we’re working on. It is not always the case.

Achievements are good. They make us feel alive. They test our preserverance. They test our wills. They test us in ways imaginable and when we excell, when we go through the process, we come out smiling, knowing that the results were well deserved. But they can also ensnare us. They can get us all puffed up, sometimes even arrogant. And that is when we come to have some big problems.

Letting go is quite healthy for us sometimes. It helps us because better people. When we sit back and take stock of what is really important, when we stand on the mountain top and gaze at the horizon and we come back to paint the big picture, we realize that yesterday’s accomplishment are only a fragment of the whole picture, a fragment of our whole universe.

I guess what I am trying to say is: while it is ok to give ourselves pats on the back, we must realize that you’ve got a long way to go. And that the destination isn’t always as important as the journey.