Anyone who’s taken a road trip can relate – even if you didn’t have whining and/or fighting children in the back seat. In the middle of the journey, it feels never-ending.

Endless stretches of road. Scenery that doesn’t change and looks the same as it did two hours ago. Has anything changed (aside from the cramp in my backside and legs)? Are we making progress?

When my kids ask the inevitable (and dreaded) question “Are we there yet?,” several possible answers run through my mind. “No.” Or “Look out the window. Does it look like we’re there yet?” Or “the next person who asks that question will wish they hadn’t.”

Been there? Please don’t tell me I’m the only one.

The best solution I’ve found is to watch the side of the road for the next mile marker or a sign that indicates how many miles until the next town. Then, I can pull out the map and find where we are. Tracing back, I can see how far we’ve come. Moving forward, I can see how much remains. By the time I’ve done this, another couple of miles have gone by. More variations on the map activity include counting down the miles until the next town, estimating how long it will take to reach there (and checking against the clock), and determining where we’ll be when it’s time for a lunch break.

What about life? As the days fly by, we can sometimes get disoriented by the monotony. The mountains of laundry and dishes that multiply overnight. The juggling of home and work. Day after day and week after week. In all of the busyness, have we really accomplished anything or made any progress? How can we tell?

By finding out exactly where we are on the journey. By looking back to see how far we’ve come. By looking ahead to see how close we are to the next landmark or destination. By setting short-term goals and working to achieve them.

What about you? How do you measure progress? Are you almost there yet?

Road Trip – Are We There Yet?
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4 thoughts on “Road Trip – Are We There Yet?

  • October 23, 2009 at 9:47 am

    >I use to run through life screaming "are we there yet" with the kids. Recently (over the last few years) I have begun to enjoy the journey…the twists and turns that I like to call the scenic route. It is a new place for me and I measure this as great progress. I am much more content no matter which mile marker I am at. I slip occasionally back into my old ways, but soon realize it is not where I want to be and redirect myself back to GOD's journey for me. Looking back I missed so many blessings b/c I was so rushed. I am most definitely still a work in progress. It is a big job and I am thankful GOD does not give up on me and HE continues to help me along.
    Blessings and prayers, andrea

  • October 23, 2009 at 10:06 am

    >I have dreams and goals that have not been fulfilled. Feels like I've been on a loooong journey. But there are many roads in life. Sometimes I think about the pace of getting down other roads, the ones where I got to the destination. Was it comfortable, fun, did I have patience?
    I wish I knew if God were going to grant me the other couple of wishes that I have, but I don't. The fact that I keep aspiring to do those things, tell me that I trust Him, and He'll grant those specific wishes, or He'll put me on another path.

  • October 23, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    >Hi Candee –

    I like your idea of short-term goals and celebrating when they're reached.

    A few weeks ago, I started a new manuscript. 0 words. Today, I'm at 35,000+, more than a third of the way toward my goal. I'm not where I want to be, but I'm not where I started. 🙂

  • October 24, 2009 at 9:22 am

    >Great post, Candee! I used to take little wrapped treats on long road trip and when the kids got cabin fever I'd let them each open a present to play with for a while.

    Seems like there oughtta be a metaphor for myself there. What joyful things can I spend some time with, what "gifts" of life can I slow down to notice and enjoy as I walk this very long journey?

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