We booked our trip in January. We’ll finally embark on that particular adventure the middle of December. Therefore, we have been anticipating our adventure for a full year. We’ve used it as a motivator, conversation piece, and day-dreaming opportunity.

As an instant-gratification society, we often miss out on the benefits and opportunities of anticipation as opposed to immediate satisfaction.

“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, Winnie-the-Pooh

“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, Three Weeks With My Brother

Don’t rob yourself of the opportunity to enjoy anticipation by having everything in your life in the moment and constantly giving in to instant gratification.

There is a strange sweetness in the wait.

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Becca Lingley

Hi, I’m Becca. I am a huge fan of doing things that make the world a better place. Generally that’s through helping one person at a time but I also like helping nonprofits and ideas be successful. I enjoy working in education because personal and professional development is so fulfilling and helping others achieve that experience and develop their abilities is personally rewarding.I love buying local and being local, baking my own bread, supporting my community, reading resumes, living a healthy lifestyle, getting excited about and championing new ideas (coworking!). I love economic development, though I don’t know why I’m so obsessed with it. I’m an idealist and a believer, with a personal life goal of doing my part to make the world a better place.

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