I went over to our sister bakery to deliver some items that I had baked. Just before I was to leave I asked one of my coworkers if she could make a coffee drink for me for the road. She asked if I wanted anything special in it and if I wanted it hot or iced. I learned long ago not to look a gift horse in the mouth and I said, “No, just whatever you think is tasty.” She asked if I wanted a large or small and I learned long ago not to be too greedy so I said a small would be fine. She said, “It’s hot out there. You will get a large iced.”
On my way home I was sipping my delicious coffee drink and about halfway through I realized that soon my drink would be gone. For a moment that made me sad as I was really enjoying the drink. This got me to thinking that what I really should be doing is not worrying about the future so much. I should be enjoying the drink. I should really be enjoying the here and now.
This is why it is hard for me to read books. I realize that after I finish the book I will never have a chance to read that book for the first time again. Or if I purchase a bottle of Vegemite or some other item that I’ve always wanted to try sometimes it will just sit in the cabinet because I worry that it will be gone someday and I will no longer have it to enjoy. The irony of that is that I’m not enjoying it at all as it is just sitting in the cabinet.
It reminds me of the story of the lady who had a very lovely dress and she said that someday she would wear it. She was waiting for a special occasion to do so. That occasion turned out to be her funeral.
I challenge all of you, as I am going to challenge myself, to start enjoying the here and now more. My girlfriend always reminds me that it is the journey not the destination. I think she is partially correct. We must be thinking about the destination otherwise there really is no journey. But she’s also right in the fact that we really need to enjoy the journey. We need to stop and smell the roses. We need to enjoy the here and now.
What is it you have been saving for a ‘special day’? Let me know in the comments. I would love to hear your story.