"Do now, do now, what you will wish to have done when your moment comes to die." [St. Angela Merici]

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Savoring the Gift of the Now Moment



By Micky Wolf
This area is where my beloved and I spent the past week.

For us, being at the ocean is balm for the spirit and refreshment for the soul. And what a blessing to be able to enjoy this experience with our daughter and son-in-law.

Making the choice to take the time (and spend the money) for a change of environment and a break in usual routines and commitments is not always easy. In fact, statistics indicate most people forego annual vacations involving more than a long weekend. Concern for job security is one of many explanations. For others, the sense no one who will manage certain family or work responsibilities as well as they can.

A trip like ours required thought and planning months in advance of our departure. We didn’t take lightly the expense of having oceanfront accommodations, meals, and the two-day drive to and from our destination.

For the long list of reasons we could cite for staying home, one thing remained steadfast—we have this moment in our life to take the leap of faith and trust that while being prudent, the opportunity to make special family memories was one we didn’t want to miss.

Savor—a powerful concept in a word of few letters.

The Now Moment—the only one we are assured of.

I’ve touched on these ideas in more than one post over the years and will likely revisit them again. Why?

To remind you (and myself) that putting off until tomorrow—if ever—for fear of what we might consider in this moment to be an extravagance of time or money, may prove, in the end, to not have made that much difference in the bigger ‘security’ picture of life.

Which leaves us with the real possibility that what may hit us later is the pain we experience when we realize the biggest deficit turns out to be the cost to our physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual well-being. Along with the uncomfortable discovery we missed a precious moment to make a meaningful memory we will cherish for the remainder of our days.

Not the least being one fiery, spectacular sunset.

How do you feel about taking time for personal refreshment?

 Do you resist getting away because of financial, health, or other concerns—real or perceived?





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