The Greatest Spice On Earth

When I was hiking the Appalachian Trail, I would daydream, nay fantasize of pizza, hamburgers, and all you can eat Chinese buffets.

I would know days ahead of time which restaurants I would visit in the next town when I arrived, and I spent hours as I hiked imagining how good the food would taste when I got there.

And with every mile, the tension of eager anticipation of the fulfillment of  whatever I was craving enhanced the satisfaction I felt when I finally got to eat it.

Even though the meal, when it finally came, was always wonderful, the desire itself became its own source of pleasure.

Over time, I began to treasure the craving, the desire of eating what I wanted almost as much as actually eating it.

I developed, and even after I got off trail continued, a new habit of taking time to savor the smell of my food before eating to further heighten the anticipation and thus the satisfaction of the meal.

Whatever you are craving in your life right now, remember this:

Desire is a natural part of the creation process.

It is the awareness and recognition of the gap between where you are and where you want to be.

If you equate desire with the lack or absence of what you want, you will naturally feel bad.

But if you are willing to see your desire as the first step toward achieving what you want, it becomes a welcome friend, and a promise of what is to come.

As you appreciate the desire itself, you will soon find that it naturally evolves into the feeling of the desire fulfilled.

It becomes a fine spice, masterfully matched to enhance your enjoyment and ultimate satisfaction.

And it is delicious.