A Word from A
We There Yet?"
1999, by Cheryl Demas
I've just returned from a two-week family
vacation. We traveled across the country by car, and believe
it or not, we had a great time.
We set out well prepared. I had
travel packs for the kids each morning, stocked with fresh crayons,
gel markers, colored paper, special toys, snacks, etc. We also
had plenty of car activities, tapes, and games to keep us busy,
and we made plenty of stops along the way. Still, I assumed that
12-14 hour days in the car with a 12 and 5 year old would be
But the first night when we arrived
at our destination, my daughter said, "Are we here already?"
I couldn't believe it. It was
quite a change from the "Are we there yet?" refrain
I had been expecting.
I was thinking about why we had
such a good time on this trip, and I realized that it's a lot
like running a home business. If you focus only on your goal
or destination, the trip can be unbearable. But if you make the
trip enjoyable and appreciate the sites and adventures along
the way, you will have a much more pleasant experience.
We all set out with a goal in
mind, which is important, we have to know where we're going.
But that can't be our sole focus. If you can enjoy the day to
day tasks of running your business, the journey, you will find
it much more enjoyable. Then, someday when you reach your goal,
you may find yourself saying, "Am I here already?"