Savor the Moment

Many years ago my family and I used to go to my then husband’s parent’s home for holiday meals.  His mother was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing meals for us.  She spent days preparing all the season’s delights and we came to the table eager to begin the festivities.  Invariably when 20 minutes later we were happily full she would lament, “It took me 3 days to prepare and 20 minutes for you to eat it!”

We were all so used to rushing through life that it was impossible for us to sit back, relax and savor our meal.  The sad thing is that the only one who noticed was the person who cooked the meal.  Everyone else just looked at her blankly.

An author and nutritionist gave a talk here a few years ago.  Before she began she gave each person a chocolate kiss and then asked us to unwrap the kiss and eat it very slowly, making sure to really taste each bite.  Her point was that a small amount of something sweet could be very satisfying if we spent some time to really savor it. Have you ever eaten something and then not remembered what it tasted like or even that you ate it?!

During the holidays many of us will spend time with family and friends.  Time goes by in a blur and we get so caught up in activities that there is no time for reflection and really appreciating the moment. Take the time to savor the moment and feel grateful for all that you have.

If your holiday situation is tense and maybe you believe there isn’t much to savor, look for something or someone to enjoy and be grateful for even if it is just that you have people to be with on the holiday.

For many years I was alone for the holidays.  After several years of feeling sorry for myself I decided to do something special for myself instead.

I love to read and listen to music but my hectic life didn’t allow much time for it.  So during those times that I knew I was going to be alone I would buy myself a special book that I wanted to read and find a few movies I had on my “must see”list.  I learned over time to savor the peaceful time to read, listen to music and to catch up on the latest movies.

Sometimes I even sang the Messiah – all parts as loud as I could. Now that is something I would never do in front of anyone else –and it felt good!

Whatever your circumstances this holiday season I hope you will find ways to make it joyful for yourself.  Savor the moments and truly enjoy where you are.  These moments are what memories are made of.

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Have a joyful holiday season and a wonderful New Year!


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