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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