11. Experience

When I was young I couldn’t wait to get older, but now that I’m older I look back on those days wondering why I ever wanted to rush them. In a nutshell my experience was this: when I was a pre-teen I was looking forward to my teenage years; when I became a teenager I was looking forward to driving; following that, I was eager to be a high school senior, and then in college I was anticipating graduation.

 

Sometimes anticipation makes it hard, especially in the younger years, to fully enjoy the present and living experience. The desire to mature is a natural urging that moves us forward. Children don’t want to remain children.

 

But now, having a bank of experiences from which to draw, and having passed into marriage, family, and career, I find that it’s easier to stop and smell the roses. I’m able to better enjoy my present experience with less of that blinding desire to move forward and get on with things.

 

I feel that the quality of my present, living experience is determined by my thoughts of both the past and the future, which are the products of my memory and my imagination. And I find that cultivation of these two mental faculties enhances my experience and makes me come alive.

 

Day 12 Guide

 

Plan for a nice evening tonight. Give yourself a reward and a reason to live fully energized and excited. Make a list of the things you want to accomplish today and forge ahead. And this evening, reflect. Look back on your day. Look back in your memories and write about the sweetness of a great time.

 

© 2005, Levi Hill

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