Two days ago I was ripe with anticipation awaiting my wife’s return home from her week-long adventure. Well, she’s home now and I have moved on to anticipating leaving her for a four-day boy’s weekend debacle of my own.
It’s fun looking forward to something. I certainly try to appreciate the days as they come, but carrying a sense of excitement about a coming event can add a little spice to the “todays”. A fine balance must be struck between living the day and taking what it has and giving what we have to it, and keeping a happy eyeball on the future. I think they are both important parts of the dream.
It’s important that today’s actions, ideas and inspirations actually occur to help shape a future worthy of excitement. One cannot mail-in life. It must be moved by our hands and feet, minds and hearts. It must be lived. Each day. That said, working toward something inspiring can make today a little more fun.
“All animals except man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.” -Samuel Butler
We find our joys where we can. They sometimes live in odd places. I received a text message early this morning from an old buddy with a cartoon picture that I will chuckle about all day. In fact, I’m chuckling as I write about this. While it’s easy to get stuck in the mud of life’s challenges, it’s also easy to get unstuck. Sitting with a cool morning breeze and a cup of coffee remembering this stupid cartoon has me unstuck. Looking forward to something cool does this, too.
Later today, I will see my old buddies and we will begin where we left off. Names will be called. Cards will be played and we will laugh. We will all be engaged in the “principal business of life”. And we will add to our vast collections of shared experiences to enjoy on our dark days.
“Success is being both content and ambitious at the same time.” This is the most apt definition of success that I have ever read. We need to look back and look forward in the same breath to feel the depth and breadth of our worlds. Remembering and anticipating are necessary to enjoy the day. And enjoying the day seems a worthy goal. Every day.
So, as I sit eagerly buzzing waiting to take off on my little trip. I look forward to golfing and swearing freely and standing by the BBQ with no shoes on and a cold beer in my hand. These will be days of gold that will brighten some gray days ahead. But, come Sunday, I will gratefully anticipate laying my head on my pillow next to my wife’s and this thought will comfort me, too. It’s a wonderfully vicious cycle…
[EDITOR'S NOTE:"Feel Good Friday" is a regular column written by Des Moines resident Dave Markwell, who just published his first book called "A Feel Good Life" (buy it on Amazon here). Dave also extols to all neighbors: "Enjoy where we live. Put your feet on the pavement and truly feel how great it is to live here!" Also, you can "friend" Dave on Facebook here. Or work out with him at his exercise company Waterland CrossFit!]