It is so easy to diminish a blessing by hoping too hard that it will happen again. Instead, we should respect and appreciate fully how lucky we were to have experienced that blessed event. To expect it to happen again is to diminish the specialness of the first experience. It can also decrease the potential for ongoing joy that remembering the unique encounter can give us, and replace this joy with disappointment.
This can happen in something we consider to be terribly important, such as romantic love. More often, however, it is with everyday things. What made me think of this is our recent, successful birding excursions in the forested area behind our house. Last year we were amazed to have an unusual bird at our feeder. The indigo bunting stayed at our sunflower seed feeder for a few hours one day in May. We have been watching for it to come again and hoping to see it. It has made us a little disappointed not to have seen it yet. That is the downside effect of a serendipitous event. Fairly minor in itself, but having the potential to diminish our joy.
To get really mundane with this idea, think of the first golf game you play after having an especially good one. You are joyful and pleased with your auccess, and can be tempted to think that you have figured out your swing. You expect your next game to be as good. Now, that is really setting yourself up for a fall!
What experiences have you had that stem from the under-appreciation of a rare blessing?