Once upon a time, there was a university professor researching the proposition that people’s happiness depends on the amount of sex they have. He gathered his subjects in a room and asked:
Hands up who has sex five times a week.
A group of people put up their hands, and they were smiling and looking pretty damn pleased with themselves. The professor went on.
Hands up who has sex once a week.
Another group of people put up their hands, and they looked moderately happy and content with their lot. “So far, so good”, thought the professor.
Then he noticed one old man up the back. The old man was exhilarated and joyous and beaming from ear to ear. Everyone could see this man was very, very happy. The professor asked, “How often do you have sex?”
The old man replied:
Once a year. And tonight’s the night!
This anecdote perfectly illustrates what I was trying to say in my post about the future: that, despite appearances, it’s the future we’re living into (not our pasts) which give us our experience of life in the present; and, when we invent possibilities and plans that touch, move and inspire us, it is their effect on our lives now, in the present, that matters.
I see now there was something missing from my attempts at communication: the sex!!!
* Anecdote adapted from Living Powerfully, Landmark Education
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