We all know the story of the Tortoise and the Hare and that ultimately “slow and steady” won the race.  Almost all of the attention given to the story is based in this idea that as we consistently work hard, we ultimately wind up winning in the end.  However, many times we forget to see how much more the tortoise gained from the race than the hare.

Unlike the hare who was racing from point to point solely focusing on the next destination point and missing everything along the way, the tortoise was able to enjoy the journey along the way and gained far from the race than the hare ever could.

Even if the hare had won the race, the race still would have benefited the tortoise more in that the tortoise was able to find joy in the journey.

The same lesson applies to us in our lives. We ought to have the mindset of the tortoise in our race in this life. We need to understand that one of the purposes of this life is not only getting to the ultimate destination of returning with our Heavenly Father and our families in the Celestial Kingdom but also to enjoy the journey along the way. We need to learn as President Monson once taught in “Finding Joy in the Journey” to “relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey, and share our love with friends and family.”

While those destination points are important and we need to strive to reach those goals and milestones, let us not forget to enjoy all of the great blessings that surround us today and find joy in our journey in this life.