Look Up

I admit it. I’m suffering from an intense case of post-vacation wanderlust. That’s the danger with travel. If you give a mouse a cookie, next thing you know the mouse wants to hop a plane, then a train, then backpack through France in search of the perfect croissant.

A couple weeks ago I had a rare opportunity to check out of life and check back in with my family for an extended vacation. We split our time between Denver and Austin. From snow-capped mountains and scenic overlooks to bridge bats and barbecue, if you’ve been to either place, you know they couldn’t be more different.

We had our fair share of typical family vacation experiences. Getting lost in uncharted territory, panic attacks on “gently winding mountain roads,” but I cherished every moment from the fabulous to the mundane. As the days passed, I found that I was no longer concerned about where my phone was and what was happening in the outside world with everyone else. I started to find happiness in foothill footpaths, car ride conversations and sprays of bluebonnets along the side of the highway. My world became small and focused in the here and now.

I have often heard people joke about particular experience when they’re trying to make a point about life being too busy: eating cereal standing over the sink. It’s kind of the universal sign for “I’m just hurrying through and trying to stay alive.” After spending eight days mostly disconnected and living in the present, a little voice started piping up in the back of my mind. It made me wonder if that is how we’re all living our lives these days? Hunched over the “kitchen sink” of technology, spooning up information as fast as we can go. Sure. You can survive that way, but is that really any way to live?

The word “savor” comes from a French word meaning “to taste, breathe in; appreciate, care for.” Modern dictionaries define “savor” as “understanding the worth or importance of (something or someone) : admiring and valuing something or someone : being grateful for : fully aware of : to recognize with gratitude.”

Savor. What a good word and a noble goal.

This week I hope you take time to savor something. Be it a sunset or a swing set or a friend sitting across the table or the love of your life sitting at the other end of the couch. Don’t spend your days hunched over the kitchen sink or your smartphone. Look up and savor your life.

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