Experience the Moment on a New Level

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Friday, 2:00 p.m.

I’m on my way to Washington, D.C. for a girls’ weekend/birthday celebration with some cousins and friends.  I didn’t plan on going at first–I had too much to do, my schedule was kinda packed, and I knew I would be in less than optimal shape after a weekend of wine, fine food, and late nights.  All these thoughts flying about in my head were suspended by my heart’s reminder of how infrequently I see this birthday-girl cousin and how I needed a break from work and NYC.  Oh, and it would be fun.  I figured no matter how tired I was as a result of the trip, my heart and soul would be fuller and happier when I arrived home.  I decided to seize the day and booked my bus ticket.  This carpe diem decision got me thinking about a related phrase…

“Savor the moment” (Words Are Food Phrase #3)

This is such a great phrase because it gets you to think about relishing the moment in a different way.  It’s obvious that you can use your sense of sight, smell, and hearing to experience an event.  But to wrap your brain around tasting a non-food moment means a deeper, more satisfying, total body experience that will stay with you long after the moment has faded.

Smell and taste are two of those senses that can instantly bring you back to a moment years or decades ago, flooding you with a sense of déjà vu because you literally feel you’ve had the exact same experience before.  Talk about a strong impact!

While every moment you’d like to remember won’t have that same level of recall, you can make a lasting impression by using every one of your senses, as you might do when dining on an extraordinary meal.  Draw the moment in (taste and smell), focus on each detail (savor flavors and textures), and nail it down to memory (digest).

When you find yourself in a moment you would love to remember, try experiencing it with all your senses.  The more senses you use, the fuller the experience and the more permanent the memory will be.  See it, smell it, hear it, touch it, taste it and…

Savor the Moment


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