Life is Like Ice Cream

    The 1994 film Forrest Gump popularized the idea that ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.'

[image shows the tray inside a box of chocolates, with twenty different candies covered in light, dark and white choclate]
       It is an idea that balances the promise of  future delights with uncertainty. Whether we feel patience or anxiety about the prospect is within our control.
     This week I heard an online lecture from Abraham Hicks, which suggested that life is like an ice cream cone. Abraham says that before we entered into the human experience, we were filled with excited anticipation about all aspects of life. We wanted tocome here in order to savour every moment, and experience the fullest possible spectrum of physical awareness and understanding.
     We did not arrive to rush. We are not here to race to the grave. We are living a physical life that can show us depth and beauty, and can use contrast to help us develop full appreciation.

[Image shows an ice cream cone held up in an indistinct outdoor scene. The waffle cone is mostly enclosed  in a paper cover, and multiple scoops of ice-cream crowd in the top. We see only the right forearm and hand holding it.]
     Consider the trip to an ice-cream stand. You have researched the flavours and decided on the one that you love the most. You wait in line on a warm day, thinking about how good the cold food will be. You shuffle forward as the line moves, knowing that your turn is getting closer. Such excitement! Such delight!  The waiting is a thrill all by itself.
     What a different event this would be if the ice-cream seller came rushing out to you as you arrived and thrust a cone into your hand, expecting you to ram it into your mouth and chugga-lug it, eliminating the thing at record speed. 
     My ice-cream-loving friends do not race to finish their desserts. They use tiny spoons and close their eyes, wallowing in the moment. They luxuriate in every aspect of the texture and flavour.  It is this attention to life that Abraham calls us to find.
    Waiting means staying still or delaying action until something else happens. It is unavoidable. Waiting is part of the amazing human experience, and we can choose how we wait.
     We each approach waiting in our own way. We wait differently depending on the time and place. We wait for decisions to be made and phone calls returned.  We wait for appointments and for referrals from the appointments. We wait to write tests and fill in forms and then we wait to find out the results. We wait for the correct moment to speak; we wait for other people to be quiet. We wait to place orders and then we await delivery.
     We can shape the way we wait by designating a response to the delay.  When we dwell on thoughts of wanting to get things over and done with, or getting through to the other side, we summon up an expectation of further setbacks and stoppages, which will exacerbate our irritation and impatience.

[Image shows a worried-looking young woman sitting alone on bench in a bare hallway]

     Our need to know can lead us into nervousness and anxiety about uncertain outcomes, and we can talk ourselves into worst case scenarios which allow our imaginations to feed us fear.
      Waiting is just another wonder of the world.
     When we adopt the understanding that life is to be fully lived, we can connect to the knowledge that whatever is served up will be delicious. All of life is as rewarding as the rippling fruity crunch of the ice-cream cone. The time between now and then is a time to remember that we came to enjoy every moment.

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