What matters most? When I think about this question I remember a comment that goes to the heart of it. In the first number in Act 2, in the musical Cats, the song begins:
“We had the experience but missed the meaning”.
It is easy to understand which is most valuable, "experience or meaning" ? Why bother having the experiences, if you don’t find any meaning in them?
Do you go on vacation to a place where the selfie pictures will be good, or where your family will enjoy the time most? I was visiting with a man who was going to visit his father, whom he hadn't seen in 6 years. I thought that sounded great and told him I was happy for his father. He then told me that he just didn't get along very well with him and he was doing it out of duty. I suggested he just ask him to tell him about his life and then commit himself to just listening. He felt certain that he had heard everything several times. I wonder if he will remember any of it in a few more years?
LDS Church President, Thomas S. Monson, counsels us “to relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey, and share our love with friends and family.”
The question of who are friends are is the only thing about this counsel that seems at all vague. Who exactly is our neighbor? The person next door of course, but how about down the block? What about in the next town, or country, or continent?
"Service to others is the rent we pay for our room here on earth". This quote was attributed to Muhammad Ali. His life was a good example of a journey that made a difference.
In a talk about why service is important, presented by St. John the Evangelist Archdiocese of Boston, it was said that the answer is quite simple. “When you decide to notice, when you decide to act, when you decide to make a difference (even in a small way), you have taken the first step in changing the world.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a scientist, author and artist and today he is well known for some of his quotes. I like this one: “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” When you consider this advice, it points you towards what you are doing right now in your life. What is the focus of your day? Nothing is more important ever, than today.
Spend some time on enjoying the journey and do some good along the way.