Savor Life, Relish the Moments

(Read in 2 minutes)“I wish that life should not be cheap, but sacred.  I wish the days to be as centuries, loaded, fragrant.”~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

This post will be quick and easy for a back-to-work Monday after a holiday. It’s unusually short. Goodie goodie, right? I’m at a loss for words (yes, it actually does happen) to describe the impact of a day like yesterday.  How do you capture and hold such a fragrant helping of joy? If only we could hoard it like we hide Easter candy in an effort to make it last. Not even a thousand photographs can keep it from flying by like a breathless, giggling child.

Sunday was a day to fill our bellies with everyone’s favorites, calories and caution to the wind. That can wait til Monday! We are unbelievably lucky to live close to each other but our gatherings are less frequent as kids grow up, life gets busier and more activities overpopulate our calendars. When we finally manage, we round up all our happy foods on one groaning table and feast. We eat way too much and laugh til we snort, with tears rolling down our stuffed faces.

Savor the moments, relish the gathering

And suddenly, it occurred to me we use the same words to describe eating wonderful food as we do about living life to the max. One word that comes to mind is savor. Definitions of savor include terms like enjoy it to the fullest, appreciate it or experience it slowly, so you can live it as deeply as possible. Another word is relish. The verb relish produces pleasurable appreciation and means we enjoy something immensely.

Today, on a sparkling Easter Sunday we relished and savored the food and the sacred time spent with our little tribe of twelve. A fitting way to celebrate the most important holiday in the church year.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.  Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!”~ Psalm 34:8 NLT

You must be present to win

The only way to imprint precious moments like these indelibly in our heart and mind is to be fully immersed in the right now of it. In the chaos, the noise, the spills, the big shoes on the floor, the misplaced ball gloves and the crazy dogs. If we can remain present in the delicious messiness of it all we win the prize. The jackpot? Another sweet memory to string on our thread of life. Another day we can savor and relish and relive a hundred times in our mind.

“As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are.  Otherwise, you will miss most of your life.”  ~Buddha

I’m sure you figured out this is our “six pack” of grandkids. Everyone thinks their grandkids are the most awesome but ours actually are! LOL! Have a marvelous Monday, see you Thursday!


  • Kirsten Bespalec

    Betty, I feel the same way about yesterday which I spent with my sisters and their families. Good food and laughing till you cry did wonders to recharge my batteries. Spending time with those that love you unconditionally is like nothing else! Thank you for your posts!

    • Betty Streff

      Thank you for taking the time to comment Kirsten, it means so much! Yes, “a merry heart doeth good as a medicine!” We are blessed!!

  • Kimberly Rebman

    Kids can grow up fast. Cherishing the memories with them is the best days of our lives. Great picture by the way.

    • Betty Streff

      Thank you! It’s a privilege to be a mom and grandma and it all does zip by way too fast!

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