The Journey Vs. The Destination

“We do not really feel grateful toward those who make our dreams come true; they ruin our dreams.” Eric Hoffer

lab-rat-460x307I read a study once regarding scientists who were experimenting with two groups of rats.

They fed one group as much food as they could eat. They fed the other group just enough so that they were always a bit hungry.

The first group became lazy and lethargic and suffered a whole onslaught of diseases associated with poor health choices.

The second group had more energy, were more productive and lived longer.

Maybe there’s something to always being a bit hungry…

in our careers

in our relationships

in our dreams.

It’s good to have a dream,

a destination

a vision



But maybe it’s more about the journey

The process of getting there

the striving

the passion

the fighting for.

When I get what I want, I’m happy.

But then inevitably

I begin to miss the dreaming,

the anticipating

the striving to get there.

What do you think? Which is better, the journey or the destination?

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  1. Louise Gallagher

    For me it is the journey. Destinations change. The journey is the measure of my contentment, my excitement, my love of living life fully in the moment…

    lovely post this beautiful morning Diana.

  2. Wyrd Smythe

    I vote for both! Some things are goals… building a house, reading a book, fixing your car. Other things are journeys… self-fulfillment, spirituality, education. And a key one, as one of my favorite quotes says: Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

    To put it in another context, some dreams should be fulfilled while others should persist.

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