Enjoy NOW!

I still remember the best batch of brownies I ever baked; they were the perfect texture and taste.   I wanted to savor them all to myself rather than allowing my brothers to devour them so I hid them under my bed.   But I forgot about them, it was several month later when I found them growing green hair.

I had a similar experience at an event recently.  Upon exiting the elevator, I saw an amazing array of delectable bite-sized desserts.  Of course, we were directed to the ballroom, as these tiny treats were reserved for later.   Luckily, I snuck a chocolate covered strawberry rolled in nuts because when I returned later for a sweet treat, this tantalizing tower formerly covered with treats was totally empty.

My mantra in college was ‘good things come to those who wait’, but as I age time seems to fly so I am learning to live in the moment.

Yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery, the only guarantee is the present.

 It truly is a gift, that is why it is called the present.   How is it we get so caught up in what comes next, we totally miss the current moment?

This is especially evident of Christmas;   it seems like it comes earlier every year, with everyone eager to get a jump on preparations.  But what about Thanksgiving?  Can’t we take the time to enjoy the end of fall and embrace the abundance of our current blessings before worrying about what we are going to give and get?   Apparently not.  I watched my neighbors replace Halloween decorations with Christmas greenery.  One of them still has a fall flag and pumpkin surrounded by greenery adorned with red ribbon and little white lights.

Hey, I am no scrooge, but I don’t get it.   Why can’t we enjoy what IS right now rather than focusing on what comes next.  I know this in my heart, but my head gets distracted by all the holiday hoopla.  I do not want anyone, and gosh forbid everyone, to get ahead of me when it comes to being prepared.

Oops, I did it again, against my better judgment.   I was at the Clearwater aquarium where I met Winter and Hope, the stars of the Dolphin Tales movies.   Winter swam up to me, lifted her body out of the water, tilted her head and gave me her undivided attention complete with amazing, engaging eye contact.  I was ecstatic, as I am fascinated by dolphins and intrigued by their incredible intuition.   In my zeal to capture the moment and save it for later, I made the mistake of pulling out my camera, and our encounter ended immediately.    What a valuable lesson I learned.

Enjoy NOW;   live in the moment, savor the gift of the precious present.  You might just be amazed by what you have been missing.


 ‘Seize the moment!  Think of all those women on the Titanic who waved of the dessert cart!’

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