Anticipation...


We take for granted most of the advantages, perceived and actual, that communications technology has yielded in recent decades. One-click shopping, next day delivery (or in some cases, same day, for heaven's sake) are the present norm. If the local library doesn't have the book you've been waiting to read, just down-load it to your Kindle. You can carry a whole library on your phone. Thanks to computers and the web, we can get our news often before it happens. We know what the weather will be like a week ahead. Sweethearts can fall-out and make-up instantly with text and email, and maybe fire off some intimate pics they'll regret an hour later. 

Not only do we want it all, we want it all now. Waiting for anything has become a lost art. Only old lovers remember the sweet agony of anticipating a missive from afar, and the joy of finally holding the envelope addressed in the familiar and dearest hand of  all. In a world that has become too fast, nothing is fast enough. We don't understand that the richest, deepest stories unfold slowly.

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  1. Very nice, Henry. Wish the world would slow down some. Our collective anxiety would perhaps ease if everyone would take time away from all the noise and go for a long walk, or write a real letter to a friend or lover. Technology has given us a quantity of life, without much quality.

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    1. Agreed, Josh. The fearful are always in a hurry. Fast food and fast living - deadly oxymorons.

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  2. So true and so sad - but I am guilty as well. But in my defense there are few things I enjoys more than sitting down to write a letter and/ or reading one that I have received. You have inspired me to write a letter or two tomorrow !

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    1. ...then tomorrow, Marianne, you will make one or two people happy.

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