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)