Reflections on Savoring Life
Savoring life for the year 2017 was a goal that seemed out of reach having a 6-month-old in tow. There were lots of life changes that occurred and I learned so much from them.
What it Was
My idea for savoring life (“Savor” was my word) was rooted in my desire to be more present with my son and our family as a whole. I wanted to make sure that I was embracing my new role as mother and wife (with a child in tow) with intention.
Being more present and slowing down has been a struggle in the past. Fixating on the future or dwelling on the past was usually the name of my game. Changing that was on the top of my list as my family started to grow.
One of the grounding principles of savoring life was to make sure that I was being more intentional with my time and involving myself in activities that forced me to slow down.
How it Went
The year started off a little rocky as I fell into a deep depression that slowly turned into Post Partum Depression. You can read more about that journey here.
There were lots of different life circumstances that came to a head and laid me out at the foot of the cross. It took me a long while before I could regain self-confidence and push past my depression.
With the help of a certified counselor, prayer, and conventional and natural methods I was able to grow deeper in my faith and get past that dark chapter of life.
Throughout all of that, savoring life has been at the forefront of my mind. I might not have implemented it all the way but I’m definitely better at it than I was before.
- You don’t have to get it right all the time.
- Savoring life is a lifestyle, not just a “one and done” goal.
- Keeping track of your priorities is harder than it looks but with practice it gets easier.
- Don’t give up.
- You’ll learn to appreciate life and all that God gives. Even the things that hurt.
- Sometimes, what you need most is a change of perspective.
- Savoring life has a beautiful side effect of making you love and care more deeply.
All in all, savoring life has been a good lesson in making sure I am constantly evaluating my priorities and how to be intentional.
You might not want to live more slowly, but I think everyone can benefit from maintaining your priorities in life. Intentionality is also a skill that I think everyone would benefit from. Whether that’s with your words, your actions, your thoughts. If everyone took a moment to think before they spoke (myself included) I think there would be less heartache in the world.
Savoring life can come in all different kinds of forms. It can come from not driving so aggressively on the road by keeping track of your time so you don’t run late. You can savor life by putting your cell phone in the other room and sitting on the floor playing with your kids. It can mean sitting down as a family with no electronics and enjoying intentional conversation.
I think you get the picture. Everyone can benefit from slowing down and savoring life! 🙂
Have you ever made it an intentional goal to slow down and savor life?
If so, what did you learn from it? What did you do differently?
Here’s to another year of slowing down and savoring life!