Sometimes when we set our sights so far ahead we forget to enjoy the little stuff that are passing us by in the here and now. Example: I want to be a Child Life Specialist and run the play room and activities in a Children's Hospital. Now there is nothing wrong with me dreaming of this and making plans and setting my sights towards this goal. There's nothing wrong with that at all. But am I so focused on my end that I am forgetting to enjoy the classes that will help train me to be the best possible Child Life Specialist that I can be? Am I passing up friendships and opportunities to learn and grow as an individual? For a newly wed, are you so focused on dreaming of all the things you want and the big comfortable house that you cant afford that you are forgetting to make the house you have a home? When you get a new calling in the ward are you so focused on fitting into the shoes of the old Relief Society or Yong Women's President or even Nursery teacher that you are forgetting to listen to the promptings of our Father in Heaven?
God wants us to get to the end and he wants us to have a pouch full of gold when we cross that finish line. But if we are not picking up the little flecks of gold we will never fill that pouch and we will miss out on great opportunities. Our Father in Heaven is filling each day of our lives with opportunities to laugh, learn, grow, love, and enjoy the day. He is giving us the key ingredients to a happy life, we need to just slow down and enjoy life one day at a time. Eventually we will reach our goals, eventually I will graduate college and I will be playing with kids in hospitals. But for now I am living each day that I am blessed with looking for the shinny flecks of gold and filling my pouch..... and I hope you are too.