Another great day on our trip out west consisted of hiking into an alpine lake in the Payette National Forest in Idaho. It was an arduous journey as we ascended 2,000 feet and then descended another 2,000 feet to get to the lake.
The lake was amazing and really indescribable, but my favorite part was sitting on the top of the ridge looking down at it. That was the place from which I could really appreciate what we were about to accomplish. We took some time on that ridge to enjoy what our work had achieved. We also had breakfast up on that ridge the next morning on our way out.
We generally do a poor job celebrating our victories, but we are even worse at celebrating the journey.
As you begin the work of the fall, remember to appreciate what you are doing before you finish it. The next time you find yourself at the top of the mountain, even though there may be more miles to travel, pause, enjoy the view and your companions. Life is not about the destination; it is about the journey.