Shooting for the Moon

This was one of my favorite quotes growing up (and I love the fact that this image actually cites Les Brown). As a child I always wanted to be the best at whatever I did (particularly academics, but I was competitive overall). Seeing this was a reminder to always strive for my best.

These days, however, the quote has taken on a different meaning for me. Too often we (and this includes me, as well) forget to stop and smell the roses. We’re always in a rush, on to the next thing, and to what end? To reach the moon? Perhaps it is sometimes worthwhile to take a breath and celebrate where you are now, even if it isn’t what you originally imagined. This isn’t to say we should stop shooting for the moon—not at all—but what’s the harm in appreciating the stars you’ve encountered along the way?

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