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Rushing - What Have I Been Missing?

March 26th, 2007 at 03:21 am

I rediscovered something the other night. I like just a little taste of something sweet at the end of the day. Sometimes I take a short gulp of soda. Recently I was in the grocery store and saw the big Hershey's milk chocolate bars. I hadn't had one in quite awhile. So I brought one home and tucked it in the fridge. One night, looking for my sweet-fix, I broke off a piece and chewed it. It was just as good as I remembered.

I did that a few more times over the next couple of weeks. When one evening I decided to tuck it inside my cheek like a chipmunk. It must have taken five minutes to gradually dissolve! And, the sweetness! I was amazed at how much flavor could actually be in a small chunk of chocolate. By chewing it, I was missing 3/4 of the sweet taste!

In my rush to get through life, I nearly missed enjoying this simple pleasure. And, I began to wonder how many other times I had purchased something for my enjoyment, but rushed through the experience and missed half of the pleasure. I know that I've purchased electronics and didn't take the time to
thoroughly read the directions or completely program the device. I wonder how much I've given up.

And, that's just the half of it. Because I'm consuming so quickly, I'm looking for a new pleasure experience sooner. Bang! Experienced that! Time to look for something new to entertain me!

Don't know about you, but I keep coming across this same revelation. Maybe one of these days I'll slow down enough to really understand the meaning!

3 Responses to “Rushing - What Have I Been Missing?”

  1. campfrugal Says:

    I understand this totally. I have been on a quest for a simplier, more gratifying life for about 11 years. It started when my daughter turned 3 and she was diagnosed with Cancer and became terminal after four years of chemo (she is fine today and turned 15 a few months ago), but during those years up until now, my kids lost their dad, my dad, my mom and their paternal grandma. But, because of what we have learned in the beginning, we have enjoyed our past 11 years, even though they seem so tragic and hard. We took time over the past 11 years to really slow down and spend quality time with each other, enjoying vacations, movies, card games, just talking and visiting. We don't even own an answering machine, which really upsets a lot of friends and family (guess they'll get over it).

  2. Aleta Says:

    I think alot of this is due to our tech heavy society. I sometimes become very annoyed when I see people constantly talking on a cell phone as if no one else is around and I wonder what they did before they had that convenience. I don't think it's even that healthy to be that connected. My husband and I take our cell phones, but turn them off. If it's an emergency, they can leave a message.

    I subscribe to a simplicity magazine and I enjoy the peaceful ideas in the article. I know what you mean by having something and savoring it. My husband and I quit drinking sodas, but did because of circumstances had a coke and how good it wasl I don't remember Coke tasting that good. One coke once in a while won't hurt you, but regular use will have other consequences. Thanks for the post, it gave me much to think about.

    This week, I had an anniversary and a birthday and for the first time had no expectations of how I thought the day should be. We did very simple things as going out to a restaurant that we like alot and my son and family came over and it was a very nice day. Our advertisers put up ads that are ridiculous for most to consider and only hightens someone else's expectations to an unreal level.

  3. princessperky Says:

    hmmmm

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