June 30      

Today's quotation:

“Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then he had to stop and think.  Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.

A.A. Milne

Today's Meditation:

I don't think that most of us appreciate anticipation nearly enough.  It's a wonderful feeling, one that ends as soon as that which we've anticipated arrives.  The anticipation of dinner is gone as soon as dinner gets here; the anticipation of a nice vacation in a beautiful place goes away as soon as we arrive.  That's okay, because that's how life is, but wouldn't it be nice if we could fully appreciate and enjoy the feelings that anticipation brings us?

If dinner is late, many people become impatient and focus on the lateness of the meal instead of the greater anticipation.  When we're kids and Christmas takes forever to arrive, we often make ourselves miserable because we have to wait instead of realizing that we have just that much longer to anticipate something very nice.

A cup of coffee at break time is really nice for many people, but so is that time spent looking forward to it.  Meeting with a good friend for lunch is great, but I also like to anticipate the meeting, knowing that I'm going to enjoy myself.  Sometimes, of course, the anticipation can be negative-- a date in court, or a performance review from a boss you don't get along with, or a meeting with someone who's very negative in many ways.  These things can't be avoided, of course, but when they do happen it's probably better to find something else to think about, as the anticipation won't make you feel good.

You can add to your enjoyment of anticipation by giving yourself something positive to look forward to as often as possible.  Something doesn't have to already have happened for us to enjoy it, but if it isn't there in our future as a solid plan, we won't be able to enjoy the anticipation while we're waiting to get there.

Questions to consider:

Why is it so easy to overlook anticipation as a positive thing?

What would life be like if we didn't have things to look forward to?

Do delays generally frustrate you, or add to your anticipation?  What's the difference?

For further thought:

Never forget that anticipation is an important part of life.  Work's important, family's important, but without excitement, you have nothing.  You're cheating yourself if you refuse to enjoy what's coming.

Nicholas Sparks

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