Summer Reading Contest Winner Week 1: On ‘To Enjoy Life More, Embrace Anticipation’

Cortez Deacetis

To delight in lifetime extra, embrace anticipation

“Looking forward to something can be almost as fantastic as going through it” this is the very first sentence of the post “To get pleasure from existence much more, embrace anticipation” and it is the a single that has remained most etched in my head, right after looking at it I considered: is it true?.

I went back in time, exactly during my next 12 months of center college, my Italian instructor was reading through a poem by one of the biggest Italian writers: Giacomo Leopardi.

The title was “Il sabato del villaggio” (Saturday night time in the village) and talked about how exceptionally tempting the notion of ​​Sunday was, but not so considerably Sunday alone.

[In the poem,] we are at the beginning of 1800 in a compact village, it is a peaceful Saturday evening, anyone is happily waiting for the future working day, the working day of relaxation: the young children cackle, the maidens sing, and the staff return from operate laughing. It is the happiest working day of the 7 days and that is mainly because the subsequent day the passing of the several hours will bring more and a lot more unhappiness, and anyone will start out contemplating about Monday’s get the job done.

I bear in mind pondering through that looking through that there was almost nothing a lot more correct: waiting for a joyful function brings us far more pleasure than the celebration itself.

So I inquire myself, is it truly worth it? We are living existence waiting around for delighted moments in a kind of dreaming trance, but then, when these situations ultimately arrive, we ignore to truly stay them. Is this what we have to aspire to? Shouldn’t we just quit fantasizing about the foreseeable future and get started embracing the present?

In alphabetical order by the writer’s to start with title.

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