I snapped this photo a few weeks ago: the last local peaches of the season.
Beautiful, round, sweet and especially juicy, probably because of September’s unseasonably warm weather. And I was determined to savor them.
I feasted on one peach leaning over the sink. Half of another in a smoothie. The last one cut up with greek yogurt, honey and walnuts. Yum! Lovely memories.
Without a doubt, the best last peaches of the season. Ever.
We often talk about savoring the first of things, but not as much about the last. Maybe that’s because there’s something particularly tender and bittersweet about savoring the last. That kind of savoring invites us to appreciate things that won’t come again for a long time. Or perhaps ever.
But there’s room for more of this in all of our lives.
And there are so many good last things to savor, some on a daily basis:
- the last moments in a warm bed or steamy shower
- a hug before our sweetie leaves for work
- ending notes of a song
- final words we read or write for the day
It’s pretty easy to relish such delights, isn’t it? What if we took a bigger step, though, and committed to savoring the last of things that aren’t so pleasant?
For me that means I’ll be attempting to savor this final week before we elect our next president. I tend to get very worried and anxious during election season, so my natural instinct is to just want it to end. But then I’d be racing ahead with my life, wouldn’t I? Forgetting to live right here, right now, with whatever is present.
So that’s one way I’ll stretch my savoring muscles this week. How about you?
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