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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Look Forward

I sometimes think that the purpose of holidays is not to have time off, but to give us something to look forward to. Because generally, the holiday experience is not as good as expected, but oh! those days before

It's sad but true that anticipation is often better than reality. Who hasn't felt a little let down on Christmas morning, compared to the excitement of the night before?

So why not take advantage of this phenomenon by giving yourself something to look forward to? Then you can savor the anticipation.

Here's a quote from A.A. Milne's "Bear of Very Little Brain." Christopher Robin had asked, "What do you like doing best in the world, Pooh?"

"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.

So make a plan: whether it's weekly lunch with the girls, or a once-in-a-lifetime trip, and then roll it around on your tongue in the days before it comes, milking every last sweet drop of joy out of the waiting. (And of course, don't forget to enjoy the event you're waiting for, too!)

You'll be happier.

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