It’s been written that ‘success is a journey, not a destination.’ As it relates to spirituality, it couldn’t be more beautifully said than ‘The Peace Prayer’ (or the Eleventh Step Prayer) by St. Francis of Assisi:
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand; To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Although beautifully written, the process of achieving can be painful, messy, and heartbreaking. So too can it be freeing, joyous, and wondrous. Some days we’re some of these, other days none at all. Perhaps when we pass to eternity we will be all; and that’s the final destination, for now we’re on the journey.
May we also be to ourselves what this prayer asks us to be to one another.