Ever notice how much fun it is to look forward to a trip? You do some research. You ask other people who have been there for suggestions. You look at pictures. You imagine yourself there: all you will see and do. You think of the good food, maybe the good weather.
Capitalizing on this feeling, a friend of mine says he is going to open a travel agency and name it “Anticipation.” He will invite clients to come in and talk about where they would like to go. After making a decision on a trip , ideally months in the future, they will put down a small deposit, and he will proceed from there. At regular intervals he will send them enticing information gleaned from travel sites, pictures of the location and sights and people to expect. At random intervals he will send them postcards of their selected destination. He will be available to answer all questions. THEN…two weeks before scheduled departure, he will call and tell them the trip has been cancelled. He will refund a small portion of the deposit but keep the rest as his pay for creating a dream.
Not directly related, but similar: for many years, the day before Christmas , not Christmas, was my very favorite day of the year. I finally realized it was because of what I have named “the space of possibility.” The tree was completely decorated, and when looking at the prettily-wrapped gifts underneath it, I could imagine that each gift I had selected would be the perfect gift for the person, and that any gift for me would, likewise be perfect. In double-checking the menu, it felt like I could taste each dish, picture each happy face around the table, hear the conversation and laughter. . There were still plenty of cookies for munching. Everyone was in a joyful mood in anticipation of the next day.
This idea of anticipation is in direct contrast to the present common admonition to “live in nowness,” but it has its benefits.
© Dorothy C. Judd
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