What Are You Looking Forward To?

What are you looking forward to? What is the event, destination, person, or feeling that occupies that little place in your mind that when you think about it, the corner of your mouth hints of a tiny smile. The gleam in your eye takes your imagination to that particular thing in some future time or place and transforms the present into an acceptable state, however the comfort or the situation.

From our earliest memory, we certainly have appeared onward to birthdays, trips to Disney World, favorite foods, best friends, first days of summer, shopping trips with a parent, fishing with a favorite uncle, or baking pies with an aunt. Our world was molded by these forward thoughts, and our mundane normalcy was more palatable with thoughts of what was around the corner. Just how ironic that the simplicity of childhood had any kind of necessity for such thinking. But so it went, and there it was.

As life develops longer in the tooth, do we continue to explore such longings? Do we remember what we look ahead to next? Do we understand that the habits we established as children are simply as important today as we live our lives stuffed with a greater sense of complexity and confusion, sometimes losing focus on just what we should really be focusing upon?

Think about what you look forward to today? It could be something in your life, or the life of a loved one. Your grandson’s wedding ceremony in December, your daughter’s graduation from medical school, your completion of next month’s 5K run, your successful completion of physical therapy from rotator cuff surgery.

Concentrate on providing that an energy that will motivate your behavior towards your next milestone. Your next year, your next month, or your next day. At every age, we should always be looking forward to something – it makes living in the present a lot more exciting, because similar to reading a book, you have the next page to turn to.

Life should always manifest that little smile at the corner of your face when you reflect upon that which you look forward to. You owe it to yourself to keep that childhood tradition alive and well while traveling along life’s every-changing journey.

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