I’m writing today as a contributor to theÂ Christian Writers Blog Chain. OurÂ theme for this month is “savor.” Christianwriters.com is an excellent place to network if you’re a Christian writer or author.
Savor… to taste and enjoy completely…
Do you enjoy food? Most of us would answer yes. I’m a bit of a foodie… I love the tasty treats that God has given us to enjoy here on the Planet Earth. I’ve eaten my way through several towns… states… countries… and have an insatiable appetite for rich, saucy food. When God put me together he gave me passion… and hyperactive taste buds to match!
Not all food is savory, for sure… it has to have oomph to be savory… sort of like spicy food, the savory morsels continue to heat up our mouth ever after they’re swallowed. Â Savor… the word speaks warmth to me… not just any food… comfort food.
Savor is one of those words that we’ve morphed in usage… we exchange the high sensory value it brings to mind, and use this word to expound… emphasize… elaborate on most anything.
Savoring memories… and continually making new ones… that’s my morphing of the word…
I love being around other people. An excellent memory doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive… I can have a resounding good time being stuck overnight in an airport… with the right company. Bad days turn into savory experiences in a hot second… with the right attitude. I remember being stuck in Memphis once overnight on a return work trip from Missouri. Being stranded could have really sucked… but on this occasion I was traveling with my client, a funny and adventurous guy who lived life to the fullest. On this particular night, we could have been home quicker by packing up in a big box and shipping each other through the FedEx hub than the 16 hour unscheduled layover we experienced… but, looking back, it was a savory experience.Â We made the most of a cheesy room service menu, watched a basketball game on the tube, and shared an experience that brought us closer together… on that day “a client” turned into a friend… forever! It was all about savoring life… and having the right attitude.
What food or memory do you savor the most?
Glad to see you were able to make “lemonade” out of that layover experience. It is all about attitude. I could have used a bit of that yesterday as my attitude was sunk as low as it could go due to continued delays about starting work, computer problems, and frustrations about writing. But sleep improves things and I’m up to challenge life again.
yep, sleep is a wonderful refreshment… just like lemonade… or maybe even a pomegranate fruit punch!
I love the way you led us to savor our moments. One of my favorite “lemonade” savoring times was camping with the family in the rain. It was our very best camping trip ever. So we didn’t do much hiking…we did a whole lot of talking, game playing and laughing in the tent and under the awning.
oooooh, the rain… now you’ve morphed something special there Carol for sure 🙂
Great post. Ah yes, the vicissitudes of the airlines. Been there, done that…I can certainly sympathize.
Peace and Blessings.
… the airlines and their food… maybe Southwest could dream up something funny… morphy… food-like but different that they could serve… just for fun… they are pretty good with humor…
From a Southwest Airlines employee…. “Welcome aboard Southwest Flight XXX to YYY. To operate your seatbelt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every other seatbelt and if you don’t know how to operate one, you probably shouldn’t be out in public unsupervised. In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child traveling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are traveling with two small children, decide now which one you love more.
Lol! It’s been a while since I flew, but that Southwest spiel sounds familiar…
The last time I was in one of their winged sardine cans, the pilot followed the attendant’s speech with this directive to his coworkers: “Alright, y’all put your tush on a cush so we can push.”
… I wonder if that is part of their trianing, trying to make some of those repetitive flight safety schpeels entertaining… just don’t tell the FAA!!
Attitude is everything!
attitude is key… especially when flying…
A plane was taking off from Kennedy Airport. After it reached a comfortable cruising altitude the Captain made an announcement over the intercom, “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome to flight number 293, non-stop from New York to Los Angeles. The weather ahead is good and, therefore, we should have a smooth and uneventful flight. Now sit back and relax… OH, MY GOD! Silence followed, and after a few minutes, the captain came back on the intercom and said, “Ladies and Gentlemen, I am so sorry if I Scared you earlier. While I was talking to you, the flight attendant accidentally spilled a cup of hot coffee in my lap. You should see the front of my pants!” A passenger in Coach yelled, “That’s nothing. You should see the back of mine!”
I savored the fluffy bed at the JFK Marriott Courtyard on my return from a weeklong “Planes Trains and Automobiles” trip to Ukraine to pick up my daughter.
After 4 nights on a plane or a train and two more on what the Ukrainians called a bed, but I called a lump of stone, we crashed into the cloud of goosedown and slept for 12 hours. Bliss.
Sounds like you’ll be working on a movie script… maybe “Planes Trains and The Ukraine” !!
We had this one place where we used to live that had the most amazing philly cheese steaks and fries. I miss that.
oooh, I’m hungry for one myself now Mike… I have some local eateries that look like real hole-in-the-walls but serve up the most excellent food you’ll ever find!!
I think that’s the key — “having the right attitude.” Definitely not always easy, but usually more than worth it. Sometimes our most memorable experiences can be those we never anticipated and wouldn’t have chosen, but those we choose to savor regardless. 🙂
… some of those same memories are my favorites as well Cindee, excellent point!!
What a great example of savoring every moment life offers us. 🙂 Most often than not, we will find some type of blessing in the adventure.
Yep, like Forrest’s box of chocolates, right 🙂
Hm… There are probably too many foods to list here! And so many special memories
I savor the memory of the first time I saw my (future) wife. She was only 12 at the time (I was 15) and I had no thoughts of the future. But, now, 45 years later, it’s neat that it did strike me enough at the time, that I still remember (and thank the Lord for it).
That’s an incredible memory Bill, thank you for sharing!!
Savoring your post! First you made me drool with your food description then to stranded moment. I don’t know if I am too much of a romantic, but those situations seem to bring huge blessings, like you mentioned a new friend.
Thanks Terrie, it’s almost dinner time here and I’m hungry again 🙂
Memories I savor:
Eating out of a coffee mug for my first week in Venezuela after dropping my only plate (I’d just returned from the store with it and the bag slipped out of my hand while I was trying to push the elevator button at my apartment building). I was just grateful it wasn’t the eggs I heard breaking.
My first Massachusetts snowfall. Sure, I had to dig my car out from under two feet of the white stuff, but it was still a wonderful experience actually being on the scene for all that picturesque precipitation.
Commencement for my master’s degree. We had the founder of Monster.com as our speaker, and he definitely livened up the ceremony. He had us yelling stuff on cue and waving our hands in the air. Most fun I’ve had at any graduation event ever.
My brother’s wedding to his second wife. Having married too young and divorced, he’d said he would never marry again. But then he met a wonderful Greek girl and dated her for several years, finally proposing at Christmas. At the wedding the following May, he started to cry while reciting the vows he’d written, and so did the rest of us. It blessed me to see my brother in love again. It also cracked me up when he looked back at me during the ceremony and directed me with a hand signal and his eyes to get a picture of his bride’s gown and train. The boy’s getting married and trying to run a photo shoot at the same time! Too funny…
My youngest brother’s attempt to thwart a burglary not long after we moved into our current house (he and I rent from our parents). It was late night, and I was feeling peckish, so I went to raid the pantry just off the kitchen (adjacent to the garage). I didn’t turn on any lights and was making my snack run in total darkness. My brother heard noises, so as I exited the pantry, I was met by a large hooded figure making menacing sounds intended to scare an intruder. Instead, I burst out laughing and asked him what in the world he was doing. Gotta give the boy points for trying, though – he thought someone was breaking in, and he was going to take care of it.
lol… you have some stories Traci for sure 🙂
Savouring time with people and making memories. I like it. I remember when I was first getting to know my wife. At the time we were separated by a great physical distance. I remember, when we were building our friendship – before either of us had worked up the courage to tell each other how we felt, we used to really savour the time we spent together in the same place.
Falling in love… love it Adam 🙂
Great slant on this topic. Isn’t it a blessing to be around those who can savor those times with you?
Yes indeed, thanks Deborah!