Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Relish the Moment, Anticipate the Outcome

This bourgainvillea didn't reach the top of the trellis overnight. And it will be some time before it grows enough to cover its support. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't appreciate its beauty at every stage of its growth.

We live in such a fast-paced world that even our computer taking several seconds longer to load can cause us much irritation. The red light at the intersection, the grocery-store line-up, even listening for the beep at the end of a long-winded answering machine message can seem like an endless wait. The quicker we are able to achieve things, the lower our tolerance to delay becomes.

Imagine how long it used to take to travel somewhere by horse compared to by car, or plane. How difficult it must have been to wait a year for the next taste of fresh strawberries, rather than just the time it takes to drive to the grocery store. The agonizing longing for a letter to arrive when there was no airmail, let alone instantaneous e-mail.

How much more our ancestors must have relished those things when they finally came! How much sweeter the first strawberries of the season must have been. We need to step back and relish the moment we find ourselves in, anticipating the outcome and enjoying the time in between.

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