Often we hear how these days its all about instant gratification. We want things how we want them, when we want them, and generally we want them now. A few months ago I read an amazing book by Gretchen Rubin called The Happiness Project. In her book she discussed a topic that really resonated with me. The premise is that this moment... this moment right here, right now is important. Is there always a need to put things off? Isn't it important to live in the present? The example the author used was that she had received a beautiful stationary set as a gift from her sister. Years went by and she never used the set of stationary because she was always waiting for the perfect opportunity to use this paper, as she did not want to waste it. But what good was this paper doing being stashed away in a desk drawer for no one to enjoy?
Several months after finishing this book, I am still thinking about this example.
A couple weekends ago I went to the Coke museum and before leaving every visitor was given a bottle of Coke to take home. I love Coke. LOVE. I brought my bottle of Coke home and put it in the refrigerator thinking I should wait for a special day to enjoy my special Coke. For the next week I would open the refrigerator and longingly look at the bottle. I wanted to drink it, but felt like the day or the moment wasn't good enough. Surely I should wait because the bottle of Coke would be better enjoyed some other time. You would have thought I had an expensive bottle of champagne the way I was coveting that Coke!
How often are we waiting for this magical moment? This mystical illusive moment that might never come?
Finally, I came home after work one day and it dawned on me. Why was this moment not the perfect moment to enjoy my prized bottle? Sometimes those perfect moments are right there. Waiting to be made.
Had I waited I would have missed out on sitting in my quiet, newly decorated living room... sun streaming in the window... alone with my thoughts... ice cold Coke on a crisp and beautiful Fall afternoon.
I think that sometimes it is so easy to think about tomorrow that we overlook right now. It was the perfect moment indeed.