What Do You Savor?

The Curve of the Earth

When you savor something it allows you to fully appreciate and relish it. Most often people connect savoring with food. However, you can savor many, many things. The photo at the top represents a moment that I savored twenty years ago. It still fills me with awe when I think about it.

I was flying to Beijing – it’s a very long flight and I couldn’t sleep. So, as I walked around the cabin I looked out the window and saw one of the most profound sights I’ve ever seen. It felt like a special gift to my friend, Sue, and me. Everyone else slept through it! Words can’t do it justice, but I’ll try.

We were flying over the Arctic and I saw the curve of the earth! It was spectacular and brought me to tears. As I looked down I saw rugged, snow covered mountains that were almost blue. Those mountains were being illuminated by the full moon. As I looked to the horizon I could see the sunrise peeking up.

It was magical! In that one breathtaking moment I saw the curve of the earth, spectacular rugged mountains, a full moon, and the beginning of a sunrise! You simply don’t see that every day. I knew in the moment that is was special and have held that memory for two decades.

It is a gift when we let ourselves savor moments, experiences, tastes, or connections. We live in a world that is fast and right now full of challenges. It’s easy to forget to savor things.

Today, savor one thing. Let yourself thoroughly enjoy a moment. It might be the turn of a phrase in a book or a smile that fills you with joy or the beauty of a Fall leaf, or the perfect bite of food. The key is immersing yourself in that moment and fully taking it in.

I’d love to hear about the moments you’ve savored. It can be as momentous as the curve of the earth or the joy of having all green lights on your trip to the store. It’s about giving yourself permission to experience joy!

4 Responses to What Do You Savor?

  1. EDNA L TRIPLETT October 30, 2020 at 2:37 pm #

    Thanks for the beautiful picture and the context of the moment. You reminded me that we all hold on to something that is special. I often think about a picture I once saw of wild horses running together in the Southwest. It was so natural, liberating and beautiful. It was soothing and motivated me to get up and move at the same time.

    • Cindy Dove, Life Coach March 6, 2021 at 7:07 am #

      That’s a beautiful image! Isn’t it great when something is both soothing and motivating. That picture is certainly something to savor and one that you can return to over and over. Thanks for sharing your special memory.

  2. Jim Beverley November 1, 2020 at 12:04 pm #

    Thank you Cindy, for sharing your gift. I love seeing the world through your eyes and hearing it through your voice. This morning, the espresso machine that we’ve used at home for years gave out. This was evident when the comforting “closing of the lid” that usually results in another perfect espresso to start the day, produced a broken piece of plastic, and coffee pouring out the bottom of the machine. Not the start I was looking for! My mind went immediately to, “Huh! I wonder what new coffee machines can do that the old ones didn’t.” 30 minutes later with my new, state of the art Nespresso machine and a stash of new coffee pods on the way, I shifted to a joyful anticipation of the new machine that will bring us JOY for years to come. It’s not a curvature of the earth, moonset/sunrise over the arctic, but it was great for me:). Thanks for the reminder to savor life.

    • Cindy Dove, Life Coach March 6, 2021 at 7:05 am #

      I love your quick shift from, “Oh no!” to “I wonder…” It’s often in the little things that we feel that joy. Your joyful anticipation is what it’s all about. Here’s to many years of delicious cups of coffee!