I am a traveler on the road…with my own significant and unique virtues and challenges.
I am a traveler who seeks to answer the question “Why am I here?”
and needs to make sure I have a goal and destination I’m trying to reach with a plan and map of how to get there. And if I don’t, I need to ask mentors for directions.
As a traveler on the road, I must see my vehicle: the tools, circumstances, experiences, and background the Almighty has given me as my special highway to a closer relationship with Him.
As a traveler on the road, I must not look with envy at other travelers and their virtues, because that diminishes and shows a lack of appreciation for what Hashem has given me.
I am a traveler on the road. Though I might have a route I planned on taking, sometimes there are unexpected bumps in the road that may cause me to take a detour. And yet, I must continue to focus on my destination while remembering that bumps and detours are part of Hashem’s journey for me as well.
As a traveler on the road…I try to find meaning and relevance
while attempting to enjoy the journey as I head towards my destination.
For in fact, maybe I am not intended to reach and accomplish all the goals that I have.
Perhaps my significant contributions are my efforts along the way toward my destination.
I am a traveler on the road who knows not to travel too slowly on my trip, because I might get distracted and miss my destination, or travel too quickly, because that is dangerous.
I am a traveler on the road who uses my rear view mirror just as a point of reference,
but not as a focal point, for if I look too much into the past,
I can’t concentrate my attention on what lies ahead, and I will G-d forbid crash.
I am a traveler on the road who will appreciate
the sights, smells, and sounds of the flowers and trees alongside my journey,
because life is not just about reaching our destinations, it’s about how we take the journey.
Is it with joy or angst?
Is it with holiness or impurity?
Is it with care of others or only of ourselves?
Is it with an appreciation of what we have or a longing for what we don’t have?
Is it with gratefulness and graciousness or thanklessness and callousness?
Is it with attempting to elevate ourselves and those around us
or is it with degrading ourselves and others?
Is it with making every act in our process significant
or is it only the ends justifying the means?
I am a traveler on the road who appreciates the Traveler’s Prayer
that asks for Divine guidance and protection to keep me on the road
and help me achieve all that I need to along the way to my final destination.