I Miss You

Jan 25, 2009 by

I Miss You

I’ve been crazy busy the past couple of weeks with travel, events, and the daily tasks necessary to keep the wheels on the cart. The past couple of days I’ve just started to settle down and get back to my daily routine. And although during the past whirlwind weeks I was very busy, I noticed there were things that I missed from my normal hectic life. Activities, places, and people who I started to think about and I felt a strong draw to get back to them. And this made me think:

“Why do we miss?”

What is it that makes us want to experience things we have experienced in the past? Some people live in the past and miss all the time. And some people live in the future and never think about what they had or currently have. I’m not talking about those extremes. I’m talking about missing some-thing or some-one or some-place because they truly made you smile, made you curious, made you excited and you want to experience that feeling again. They brought a brilliance to your life that was uncommon when placed against others.

In thinking about this, this post has basically become a follow-up to my Christmas Gifts post.

The friend of mine who wrote “How We Choose To Be Happy” said that being grateful for what we have in our lives is part of how happy people stay happy. And I think that missing is part of us acknowledging to ourselves the things that we are grateful for in our lives. And the empty space they leave when they are not there. So, how can we experience the feeling of what it would be like to miss the important things in our lives without having to have them go away? If you can truly feel the emptiness of missing then maybe, just maybe, you’ll experience the gratitude of what you currently have, before it’s gone.

So the question is: Can you imagine the feeling of the important things around you going away: The sights, sounds, smells, touch of those people, places and things? And if you imagine for a moment the missing, then you can imagine for a moment the gratitude.

See you on the wire

— Steven Cardinale

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