Savoring the moment is one of the characteristics associated with life satisfaction, along with gratitude. There are few things I savor more than a sunny summer morning.
Where I live, these are relatively rare. This year, though, we've had an abundance of them, and I have found myself beginning to take them for granted. This morning, though, I took my coffee outside to our gazebo to simply sit and be with the morning.
I love the sound of the birds, busy already with their bird business. I love the sunlight and shadows on the deck and how the sunlight shimmers off the worn screens on the back of our house. I love the absence of people noises and the temperature and density of the air. Up here in the Pacific Northwest, even summer morning air is cool and full of dew, and on occasion, the clean, salty smell of the Puget Sound. God's grace seems to abound.
I love noticing the contrasts between light and shadow, cool air and warm coffee, quiet and chirping. For some reason, on mornings like this, I find it easy to sit and "do nothing" for quite a while. But am I really doing nothing? Or am I taking time to notice, observe, savor the world around me? Something that I rarely do in the busy-ness of most days.
In my spiritual readings last week, the focus was on gratitude. I love gratitude! Gratitude can change my attitude from cranky and annoyed to centered and peaceful in a relatively short period of time. Cultivating gratitude is worth the time and effort to learn. A line from the reading struck me: God is grateful for you. I had not taken that perspective before. I have been grateful for all God has given and done--but to think that God is grateful for me? Really? But I'm so imperfect.
The ideas shared went on to claim that God has created us, and we are savor-able and worthy of His/Her gratitude because we exist. If we have caveats to that grace, then we are not forgiving ourselves or someone else. Wow. God's gratitude seems to be as unconditional as Her/His love.
I find myself approaching this concept slowly, catching glimpses of it from time to time, testing to see if it could really be true, peeking around corners to see if it's still there. I have a feeling that it's much like a sunny summer morning: full of delight and there for my savoring, if only I will take the time.