It’s curious to me how much we humans – even in this culture of immediate gratification – tend to take pleasure in expectation. When something potentially wonderful is on the way, we clean, we decorate, we shop, we make lists. We dream, we plan, we hold the idea close and polish it like a talisman. “I CAN’T WAIT!!!” goes on our Facebook wall, and we count down the days. Even when our longing has a tinge of bitterness to it, we keep returning to it, exploring all its flavors, discovering the streak of sweetness inside.
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