“I am very well this morning. We don’t have to wear a mask.”
The barista who served me made a similar comment, then added. “Isn’t it strange that we are excited about something like this, about returning to normal?”
That got me thinking. Yes, it is exciting. Pursuing that thinking, I arrived at the next question:
What gets us excited about life? What makes a normal life exciting? What stirs us, what rouses us to participate in (normal) life?
Literally, excite means to set something in motion in an outward direction. What feelings do we wish to express? What internal emotions are stirred within us that we wish to show to the world?
Excitement in our contemporary world tends to suggest something we are looking forward to eagerly, or that something we have witnessed or experienced brings up feelings of joy, delight, and wonder.
In its literal sense excitement could also be an expression of sadness or even something stronger – revulsion maybe.
Whatever it may be, to be excited is to be able to express our full gamut of emotions. When we do this, we enter our world fully present to what it has to offer, and how we decide to experience it.
So, what excites you? What feelings spread through your body when you first wake from sleep? What emotions do you feel when you interact with another person – perhaps the barista at your local café? What emotions does the aroma of the coffee, or its taste, allow you to experience?
Such excitement is available to us every day, not just those days when we head back to normalcy.
Perhaps I will shift my greeting from one of “How are you?” to one of “What excites you today?”