Eye on the Prize
Have you ever watched a cat playing with a laser light? Ours will chase that red dot endlessly, racing across the floors and bouncing off the walls to try to catch the "red bug". Obviously, they are never able to capture it, even if it lands on their paw, but this doesn't deter them from trying. They never tire of the game. In fact, as soon as Papa Bear reaches for the little laser light on the end table the cats go on alert, watching his every move and waiting for the red dot to appear. It fascinates me that they somehow know the little object on the key chain is connected with the appearance of the red bug, and the fun is about to commence. I am also amazed that they never tire of the game. They will chase it, tumbling over each other in the process, until they have expended every bit of energy they have in reserve; and despite the fact that they never achieve their goal of capturing the bug, tomorrow they will be just as eager to try again and just as determined to succeed.
There is a lesson provided by watching cats with a laser light. They acting on instinct. Instinct tells them to capture anything that appears edible. They don't spend a lot of time pondering their action, the size of the prize, or how likely they are to fail. They just do it! Not only that, but they enjoy the process of pursing their goal! They are having fun with the game of life!
I think it's important for us to remember that life isn't all about the achieving our goals or winning the prize. What we do along the way is just as important. We need to have hope, we need to persevere, we need to try again when we fail, and above all, we need to have some fun on the journey!