Friday, August 26, 2011

ANTICIPATION: The Sparkle In Life!

E. Stanley Jones, (1884-1973), was a 20th century Methodist missionary and theologian working in the India subcontinent.  He spent a lot of time with Mahatma Gandhi and the Nehru family.  Born in Baltimore, Md., he graduated from Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky.  I particularly like one quote of Rev. Jones:

"Many live with dread of what is coming.  WHY SHOULD WE?  The unknown puts adventure into life.  The unknown around the corner gives a sense of anticipation and surprize.  Thank God for the unknown future".

ANTICIPATION IS THE SPARKLE IN LIFE!

I am not personally acquainted with anyone who has done more, seen more or enjoyed life more than I have and do.  Really, I HAVE BEEN THERE AND DONE THAT.  I have travelled throughout the world, been the guest of royalty, dined with heads-of-state and shared in the wonders of life. 

I am "old and grey but not in the way".  I still live in daily anticipation of life.

Today, I am going back down to our lakeside retreat with my wife and Donna, our girl Friday.  Being down with a strained back for a few weeks, I was unable to tend to the lawn and the grass is higher than an elephant's eye.  They will take care of that.


My garden is in and the eating is great.  The girls will not get down until late, Julie works today, and I'll cook green beans for supper tonight along with tomatoes, squash and cucumbers and sweet onions in a sweetened vinegar sauce.  I like to eat! I anticipate supper tonight.


DONNA, HIRED 3 YEARS AGO
Watching a "tear jerker" at the lake
She helps Julie with the work I can no longer do
I am putting a chain link fence around the property at the lake and Donna will help me with that this weekend.  I anticipate the peace of mind of having the property fenced in during the winter off season.






In the next few days I'll plow and prepare a strip of ground along the west property line where I want to plant a grape arbor next spring.  I'll plant both juice and table grapes.  If there is time, I'll put up the posts and support wire so all I have to do next spring is plant the vines.  ALSO, THERE WILL BE LESS GRASS TO MOW!  I sure anticipate less mowing!

Next spring I plan to install an 8' x 50" carpet covered, cement bochi ball/game court and also add a 12' x 20" half covered, cement patio with a fireplace onto the existing raised deck.  WHEN THIS IS ACCOMPLISHED THERE WILL BE NO GRASS TO MOW ON THE LAKE SIDE OF THE RETREAT!

I JUST KNOW, NEXT YEAR IS GOING TO BE A GREAT YEAR!  I can hardly wait!  Last year was a bummer with my bad hip and this year is a challenge trying to break in the new hip replacement.

Next year?  I am four years beyond my life expectancy.  Yes, "next year" is THE GOOD LORD WILLING AND THE KRICK DON'T GET TOO HIGH!  But, I know a secret which I often share.

Yesterday is just a memory and tomorrow is but a hope.  The only time that we know for certain is today.  I ENJOY LIVING EACH AND EVERY DAY WITH ANTICIPATION!

People spend their lives in anticipation, in determing to be vastly happy at some period when they have time.  But the present time has one advantage over every other time--it is real and ours!  We may lay in a stock of pleasures as we would lay in a stock of wine; but if we delay the tasting too long, we find that both are soured by age.

This a quote from anther wise person, Charles Caleb Cotton.


Don't wait!  Enjoy life today!  Anticipate tomorrow.  But, do more than just anticipate tomorrow, prepare for it as if it is a certainty!

On April 9th, this year my lovely daughter, Kimberly, gave me two tickets to Ohio State's opening football game.  My wife Julie has never been to a college football game.  What a joy of anticipation it is to introduce her to the biggest and best!  GO BUCKS!

A week from today we will drive down to Columbus,  and check in to the University Plaza Hotel, which is nearby the stadium.  I anticipate two nights in this lovely and convenient establishment.   The hotel will shuttle us to the game and we will walk back afterwards to spend another night avoiding the crowded, after game highways.

A FAVORITE OVER MANY YEARS
We love Columbus.  We anticipate dining at Schmidt's Sausage Haus and Restaurant and visiting German Village.




OUR LIVES HAS BEEN ENHANCED FOR MONTHS NOW IN ANTICIPATION OF THIS EVENT!  Thanks Kimberly.

BEACH VIEW FROM OUR PENTHOUSE SUITE
Five weeks from today we depart from home heading for a month at the beach.  We have stayed at the Royal Garden Resort for over 20 years.  We lease a large, comfortable penthouse suite and invite family and friends to a month long party.  We have established a routine for the two day drive down and back and enjoy many traditions going and coming.

 WE HAVE ANTICIPATED THIS SINCE OCTOBER 1ST OF LAST YEAR WHEN WE RENEWED THE LEASE. 

The next few weeks will be full of preparations for the beach.  Julie and I sat on our porch late yesterday evening and went over our traditional menu.  We will be busy from now on just getting every thing ready.  We buy food locally as prices at Myrtle Beach is so much higher than at home.
I ANTICIPATE SETTING THE TABLE NEXT CHRISTMAS
We have traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas events in our home.  That will be a very busy season for us.  We love that and anticipate the good times we know we will have.

After New Years, we look forward to a Romantic Evening, a special dinner we create for good friends at Valentine's Day.  In addition to a many course dinner, we arrange for entertainment.  We anticipate our guests enjoyment.
SPREAD EAGLE TAVERN AND INN, CIRCA 1837
A Delicious B & B and a visit to Earlier Days in America
On March 3rd, next year, we have made reservations for Kimberly and her husband, Jack, to join Julie and I for a very special Bed and Breakfast weekend at the Spread Eagle Tavern and Inn, a beautiful federal building established in Hanover, Ohio in 1837.  What a great time that will be in front of a large, roaring fireplace in the last days of winter.  I GET SO EXCITED AS I ANTICIPATE THIS!

Mixed in with all of this is family gatherings, dinners with our dining group and other fun events.  I have also undertaken a large writing project.  My life is so full each and every day!  I DO NOT INTEND TO LET THE WINE OF LIFE SOUR ON ME!

"IT MUST BE NICE!"

I hear this so often!  So many times those living boring lives, and there are more who do than who don't, act like we are somehow more blessed than they.  THIS IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE!  More often than not they are much better off financially than we are.  The simple difference is that we plan to have a good time.  We decide what sounds like fun and make long range plans to enjoy our plans.  The more it costs, the further out we plan.  Money does not have to be a deterrent to the good life.

A dear friend and relative of mine, Ruby Pierce, may she rest in peace, when she heard of my plans for Myrtle Beach ten months away commented "How does Walt know what he is going to be doing ten months from now?  I don't know what I'm going to be doing ten minutes from now!" Most people are just like Ruby!

Let your good times roll!

It is not a question of money, health or family relationships.  It is a matter of planning and action.

DON'T DRINK THE SOUR WINE OF AN UNPLANNED LIFE!

God Bless!  

1 comment:

Mark Pierce said...

Dad, of the 339 blog articles you have posted over the past 4 years, this one is by far my favorite. It is quintessential you! When I think of your positiveness in life, this article is what defines it - your anticipation provides your sparkle. You do soooo anticipate... and you do soooo sparkle! I've bookmarked it and plan to come back here often! Love, Mark