I woke up this morning with an image of years gone by... its was a memory from childhood of one of my favourite things.... "The lucky bag"... now for those of you old enough to remember a lucky bag could be for girls or for boys.... I seem to recall they were priced at about 10 pence and were in my mind a very good purchase with my pocket money.
In each lucky bag there would be an array of surprises; sweets, plastic jewellery, hair combs or slides, colouring pencils and a colouring in picture.. at least.
Looking back now the contents weren't the main attraction... it was the anticipation and excitement of just what wonders would be lurking inside. It made me think... how often do we going chasing after something and missing the journey along the way.
As was with the lucky bag, whilst it was lovely to eat the sweets, play with the plastic toy and do the colouring in..... the real joy was the experience of saving my pennies, walking to the shop, imagining and savouring what would be in my lucky bag... the whole journey of getting to the point of ripping open the lucky bag was just as magical as the contents themselves.
The thought of the lucky bag took me further along the journey of my childhood, and so many memories came flooding back.... such as.... FAB 208
The wonderful thing about this was that it was actually the journey towards boyfriends and first love that was so magical... the reality was the roller coaster of emotions the highs and the lows before first heart break! So again, it wasn't the destination as much as the journey.
Next came dreams of "Anything is possible" with my next weekly purchase of "Smash Hits"...
So today I urge you to savour the moment. To enjoy playing, to lighten up... to sing along and get involved with the dance of life. And then at the end of the day reflect on just how very lucky we are to have had today's journey.
Until next time,
Make every moment count,
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“Only as high as I reach can I grow
Only as far as I seek can I go
Only as deep as I look can I see
Only as much as I dream can I be”
― Karen Ravn