This is Baron (hi Baron!). Baron is my favorite Dachshund ever. He has a Kong toy that he's somewhat obsessed with, sort of how I am with emailing.
Baron knows he'll get either a treat or his meal when he returns from his outside time. As a result, he does not tarry when he's out! He takes care of his busines and barks to come back in and get his food.
After hours of being in his kennel run, you'd think he'd relish some time to stretch his legs and breathe some fresh air. Yet the lure of food distracts Baron from enjoying the outside time.
I have the same problem. I often start thinking of something else I'd rather be doing (or eating) rather than where I am at the moment. As a result, my distraction does not allow me to enjoy the present moment.
Today I heard some Bible teachers discussing how we strap a timepiece to our body and then become a slave to it (when we used to wear watches). We sync our time to the clock, not the other way around. God's timing is different from our own. We must sync our clocks to His. And while we endure the often excruciating wait of our present situation, we miss the lessons and enjoyments of the reason we are where we are when we are.
Watching my iPod sync with iTunes has given me a new appreciation for this process. Even if I don't like the timing of my situations, there's much to be enjoyed before I can get to "the good stuff."