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Sweet Anticipation

Sweet Anticipation

Being an avid reader and a somewhat reluctant writer, I am often surprised how little importance we place on context in our daily living. Over the years I have been privileged to deliver hundreds of talks or sermons on living and, in the process, have quoted many Scriptures along with many statements from philosophers whose writings have inspired me. However, without context it all becomes moot to me.

Case in point: the philosopher Seneca made this statement, “Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.” True? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Life is dynamic. It changes every second ... and expectations along with anticipations can help shape our experiences. In my own experience, we can be present to the NOW, but still anticipate and expect something better ... or worse, depending upon our way of being in the world.

Personally, I find no greater joy than having expectations, and then anticipating them ... whether they show up or not, or even show up differently than I anticipated.

Growing up in rural Kentucky, where it can be quite hot and humid during the summer, I learned early on the value of anticipation, especially during those “dog days” of summer. For anyone unfamiliar with that term, “dog days” are defined as being the hottest and most sultry days of summer (generally from early July to mid-August). Today I have air conditioning, so I don’t think about it much ... but in those days, working and playing outside — or even inside! — in 90-100 degree heat with 50-70% humidity around the clock was challenging. So every moment, anticipating fall was a sweet relief.

Not only did fall bring relief from the heat, it also brought opportunities to make money by helping farmers harvest their crops. Fall meant the beginning of a new school year and the renewing of old relationships, as well as the creation of new ones. It also served as the foundation for new anticipations ... like graduating from high school, college possibly? Maybe joining the military ... getting a job ... buying my first car (a 1947 Fleetline Chevrolet, $50 cash ... I wish I had it now!).

Little did I know at that stage of my life how that habit of anticipation would impact my life. Little did I know how it would translate into goal setting ... into visualizing positive outcomes ... into perseverance ... into overcoming all sorts of obstacles. Little did I know that you could take a “healthy” dose of anticipation and add it to some diligent work, and pretty much do anything you want to do in life.

The Cajun philosopher Albert Camus said, “We need the sweet pain of anticipation to tell us we are really alive.” He also said, “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you die looking for the meaning of life.” Meaning? Live in the now, but also enjoy sweet anticipation. Anticipate life! Anticipate success! Anticipate good health! Anticipate wholeness! Anticipate abundance! Anticipate, anticipate, anticipate ...

With Love and Appreciation ... Jimmie

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