Thursday, February 1, 2018

Forward Thinking



Although I certainly believe in being mindful and making the most of each moment, there's much to be said for the art of looking forward to something, tangible or intangible, in our lives.

Looking forward to something stokes our hope. It exercises our hope muscle, making it stronger. And us happier, which is the immediate outcome of sincere, well-intended hoping.

I recently suffered a dip in my forward thinking, and a very dear reader of my blog reminded me of a line in my book about looking forward to various things. (The future things I fell into pondering only God can tell, so in giving them to Him, it seems I forgot to enjoy looking forward to the daily things that make life pleasant.)

So I've quickly reinstated the practice each morning (or any time) by thinking of four things to look forward to ("four-ward" thinking?) ... to occur not off in the distant future, but that day, or in the very near future.

I'm looking forward to a warmer day tomorrow, to the peanut butter cookies I'll bake later this afternoon, to watching Big Bang and Young Sheldon this evening, to finishing reading Mrs. Pringle of Fairacre tonight. Of course, there could be more, but four at a time is good.

What are four things you're looking forward to? Of course, Spring and gardening are givens and allowed, even though they are not in the very near future. :O)

Blessings for a hope-filled life,
Bess

2 comments:

  1. Hmm...four things I'm looking forward to; making tea in a few minutes, doing a style shoot for my blog, continuing to re-read "A Peaceful Retirement" by Miss Read and sleeping in tomorrow morning. :)

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    1. Hi Debbie! Those all sounded wonderful! I firmly believe it's the little things that bring us the greatest pleasure. (Because big pleasures are often few and far between!) A Peaceful Retirement is my favorite Miss Read book; it gave me hope and was like a lifeline in the years just preceding my own retirement. Blessings, Bess

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