"We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn."
- Henry David Thoreau
Something to Look Forward To
There are periods in life when we seem to have nothing but pure excitement. A friend calls to ask what's new and we don't even know where to begin, so much has been happening. They might be big events or major life changes, but they could also be small things that simply have given us a reason to jump out of bed in the morning. The good news is that we can extend this feeling of anticipation to the rest of our days, not reserve it for only these special times. We just need to find or create something to look forward to.
Talk to anyone who's gone through a difficult time in their life and you'll see the power of having something good waiting in the future. Prisoners of war camps kept their hope and spirits up by focusing on small things to come like visits from locals at the fence, or special "events" like games or storytelling among prisoners. You don't need to be in such an extreme situation, however, to benefit from the energizing influence of having something to look forward to. If you're feeling a little blue, or even if you're not, focus on something good that's on its way in the near future. It might be a picnic with a friend, a good book you want to read or walking your dog in the park. You can even go out of your way to create routines (like a cup of gourmet coffee every morning) or special occasions (like taking a class) that will rejuvenate you. If you feel like nothing is happening in your life, it's your job to make something happen!