It has always been a thing for me, how I feel physically as I go through life. Whatever I’ve done, at any stage, there was always something about the sensation of the body. It put me in the right place to proceed, I guess. I loved the process of simply being in the world, walking, standing, flying in the air, or running as I do now. The simple sensation of how the body holds itself in space has always fascinated me.
I chose a profession I loved, and for many years I practiced it without expecting any rewards. It was a choice and an awkward one, but I enjoyed the process more than anything else, so it kept me going. Had I expected more than what I achieved after the past 32 years in the profession, I don’t think I would have survived the challenges, let alone get to the results we did.
There’s a big drive to succeed nowadays as if that’s a goal to pursue. I think the goal to pursue is being and doing your best. It relates to who you are when you set out to achieve something, rather than overlooking being for the sake of doing and skipping the process for the aspired result. Of course, you wish to do well. But it’s tough to do well if you are not well. Lou Gehrig comes to mind.
It’s not that once you achieve a particular result, it’s the end of something. But, usually, when you get to specific outcomes, whatever they are, they dictate the next steps in a more extensive process. Which means that if you did not reach what you intended for this time, these results, or maybe better ones, will be there for you somewhere down the line.
This means if you don’t just love the process, you better do something else. But, on the other hand, if you love the process, all the hardships become part of it, and overcoming them, are small successes on the way to the set goals or results.
The more you love the process, enjoying even facing the difficult parts, the more your chances grow for an ultimate better result. A good process almost always will get you good results. And if not, you will have learned what’s missing to get the desired outcomes.
Love the process, let results take care of themselves as you go through it. Make a point of being present on your way. As the Buddha and Gandhi said: “The path is the goal.”.
Try being present for every step you make, and see what happens.