Monday, January 2, 2012

MONDAY MUSINGS: The Joy Of Savoring Life

Come on in and sit a spell.

Savor: property of a substance that can be identified by the senses. To take pleasure in. To enhance or enrich 

December day in Missouri
The last couple of weeks we’ve had some fabulous mild weather and a lot of sunny days. It’s been warm enough in the middle of the day to be outside in long sleeves. I turn off the heat until about an hour before sundown. Temps drop quickly as the sun sets. Friday was one of those days where it was in the upper 50’s, lots of sunshine—stiff breeze though, so a jacket was necessary.

I savor these December days because I know our winter snow usually hits us in January and February.

Today the scene was wonderful around the homestead. The birds were gossiping around the feeders, horses frolicking and kicking their heels in the pasture. Fed them some apples and got lots of soft nickers and rumbles of appreciation. Me Sassy darlin’ gave me hugs—that’s her head over my shoulder contentedly munching her apple and leaning on me. Apple kisses. J

Beautiful but ugh!
I know come January I’ll be seeing more of this:

I think this year has taught me some lessons on savoring life. The little moments that makes lasting memories. Sometimes we get so caught up in chasing the big things we forget that it’s the little things that really are important and add contentment to the soul.

This year I want to savor things. Let them soak into my soul. I want to concentrate on those things that are important—good health, family, and friends.

I would like to get rid of guilt. Instead of zeroing in on all the things I can't do or should have done; I’m looking at what I have accomplished. There will always be those things I can beat myself for not doing. But what’s the point? All you can do is the best you can do on any given day—that changes daily. Guilt tends to put me into the negative and accomplishments move me into the positive—a much better place to be both mentally and physically.

I’m also not beating myself up over my creative endeavors either with the ranch or my writing. I used to be able to sit down and write and the words just flowed—thousands at a time. In the last eighteen months there have been days I’m lucky to be able to verbally string together a sentence or two without stuttering. My body has been warring against an invasion and it’s wrapped up in that function and not extras. Writing is hit and miss. I might write two days in a row and skip three. I might write well for a half hour or an hour before the words stop. I’ve decided to stop comparing myself of today to what I was able to do two years ago. That was then, this is now. It will change again, but until it does I’m celebrating what I can do.

Welcoming the sunrise with the wind
in my hair
For me, this is the year of savoring. Of tasting life. I’m taking pleasure in the sunshine, the wind in my hair, watching the antics of my animals at play. Watching my garden grow. Seeing another sunrise.

  • What are you going to savor this year?



welcome to my world of poetry said...

A wonderful posst to read most enjoyable.

I am hoping now my book is on Amazon(had to wait until Christmas was over) they begin to sell. That's what I would savor this year,

Happy New Year.

Tonya Kappes said...

Happy New Year, Sia! I think everyone needs a little savoring in their life in order to make it through. I hope you enjoy your time!!! I'll be right here with you;)

Kat Sheridan said...

Oh, what a lovely post! Yes, "savoring" is a wonderful concept for the year! If this broken ankle EVER heals, I'm going to savor being able to walk. After almost six weeks in the wheelchair I'm totally over it! LOL! I also plan to savor my friends. And to remember that writing is a joy, not a job, and to stop "shoulding" on myself about it. Oh, and I'm going to savor my very first publication credit when my short erotic romance is pubbed this year (still waiting anxiously on a date!)

Jo said...

Yup, stop and smell the roses Sia. Beating yourself up about things you cannot manage is just a waste of time.

By the way, we just got a whole heaping of snow last night. At last it looks like winter round here. Course, I don't have to travel in it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You can't focus on what you didn't do because you can't change it anyway, right?

Anonymous said...

Right now i'm savoring this awesome tasting cup of coffee. But health, family and friends are at the top of my list. And time. Every day is a precious gift.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Congratulations Yvonne! I'm looking at my schedule later today, I'll be in touch.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Tonya, hugs to you sweetie.

Kat, I'm so excited for you and congrats on the story. Nothing like having unwanted limitations inflicted on you to make you appreciate good health, eh?

Jo Ugh. I'd be happy without snow especially with animal care.

Alex Exactly. so why waste the energy better used on moving forward. :-)

Stephen Time can be a hard one to carve out. I can't wait to see your new book cover and have you visit Over Coffee.

Joanne said...

Oh you said it, to live in the moments and savor them ... That's where so much of our happiness, and contentedness, comes from.

Wishing you all the best in 2012 ...

~Sia McKye~ said...

Thank you, Joanne, for the wishes. :-)

When we reflect upon those moments of contentment or a particularly happy moment, we often find the root of the mood was a little thing and not the big things.

Carol Kilgore said...

Learning to savor the moment is so hard. I haven't come close to mastering the art yet. This year I'm going to savor more time with Live-In Handyman. I hope you enjoy your savoring time, too.

Anne Gallagher said...

I'm learning too, I can only do so much before my body says, stop. That's enough. It's hard to let go of a way of life, but sometimes you have to.

All the best for 2012.

Mason Canyon said...

I think you've hit the nail on the head, we need to savor life. Sometimes we do focus too much on the big things and forget to enjoy the small. Time is precious. Thanks for the reminder.

Thoughts in Progress

Karen Walker said...

Sia, my writing is in the same place as yours, except I've gone weeks and weeks with no writing at all on my novel. I am learning to savor the moments as well. I am learning no tho beat myself up about stuff either. I am sorry your body is invaded with something. I hope you are well and wish you a happy, healthy New Year.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sia,

Savoring the best experiences is a nice antidote to the bumps and bruises that come along with other points in our lives. Wishing you many bright moments for the new year.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Carol, it's a hard one for many to master. In this world we're encouraged to rush, rush, rush and half the time we don't even know why. If we're not constantly doing something we're either consider lazy or we're beating ourselves up because we're not doing something.

Savoring is good for the soul and when you have a live in handyman, you really need to savor, lol!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Anne, I think that's as it should be. Your body calls halt and we're wise when we listen.

Mason, life is so very precious.

Karen, all you can do is the best you can. Some days that more than others. My body is ridding itself of the invaders. Just slow going and a finite amount of energy.I'm feeling better now than I was a year ago!


~Sia McKye~ said...

Ah, James. You're a sweetheart. Many bright moments to you and your family, too.

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Tami Brothers said...

Hey Sia! Love this. I really need to slow down and savor life. This is really one of my biggest downfalls.

I like the idea of making this a year of savoring, tasting life, etc. I will definitely be following your blog to get some tips on how to actually do this. :)


Nicole Zoltack said...

Lovely post. It's so important to savor the good times. Have a great 2012!

Sunnymay said...

I love saving sunsets since my friend gave me the idea. It doesn't take up much room. Thanks for the flickering flames in the fireplace on this blog. Happy writing and may all your dreams turn out well.