Do you remember the old Heinz ketchup commercial where the two kids are pouring the ketchup on their burgers? It seems to be taking a long time as you watch the ketchup eventually make its luscious way to the meat? The music to the old song “Anticipation” by Carly Simon is playing in the background.
That is what I am feeling this evening as I get ready for my trip back east to see my family. Mary, my wife is already there and is having fun holding our two grandsons, one in Grand Rapids, Michigan and the other in Chicago.
I get to see my son and my two daughters too. I get a chance to see my dad, my brother and two sisters and their family. And I really miss Mary! I can’t wait! I will have difficulty sleeping tonight because I am so excited to see them!
What is it about times like this that make it so difficult to wait? It could be that we visualize what it will be like and that “thing” looks really, really good.
It could be that our current situation is so tough or draining that we are looking toward something later on that we hope will be better. It could be that we are just plain impatient people and live from one big thing to the next. Or, it could be all of the above.
One of the things I am trying to get better at is living in the moment. Every day has something new to offer. For instance, today was my last day of jury duty. When I started this process four months ago, I wondered if this day would ever come.
Funny thing, now that it has come the ending is kind of bitter sweet. I have enjoyed the process and the learning and the people I have met. Mainly it is the people.
But, here’s the thing. The experience may be over, but the people I have connected with are not. Or, in other words, I have an opportunity at least with some of them to deepen our relationship.I am already getting to know one of the guys, Mike from the jury a bit better. In fact, we are going to a Diamondbacks game in a few weeks.
You see anticipating an event or the end of an episode can be downright frustrating. The “thing” we are anticipating may never meet our expectations or might actually be worse that we thought.
However, anticipating time with people is totally different and tons more fulfilling. The reason is that no matter how much we get to know them, there is still more to know.
I am eagerly anticipating time with my family. But, it is so much more than a vacation. It is time to deepen our relationship, to know them, really know them! I hope to embrace the moments with them. I will let you know later how I did!