Finding Time to Appreciate the Little Things

We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. – Joseph Campbell

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I’d like to think so, but this fortune lies to me!

This year marks a few significant milestones in my life, and as the one related to age rapidly approaches, I have been reflecting… a lot. My constant need to keep up or stay ahead, has taken over the importance of taking time to just BE. I’ve recently found daily tranquility in sitting outside in the morning drinking my first cup of coffee. And while I’m not a good candidate for daily meditation, since sitting still generally makes me panic (yeah, yeah, excuses, right?), I like to this that this morning routine counts for something.

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Blue skies in Seattle means Mt Rainier shows up to party

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Zen it out by hitting some balls

But seriously, this whole getting old thing has made me appreciate life with a set of new set of eyes (it could also be my new glasses…). While before, I knew it was the little things, I can now recognize and appreciate the little things. Being able to take hours to stare into the ocean, zen’ing out while golfing instead of being furiously frustrated, and finding the sincerity and love in those public-yet-private moments between people… I think that learning to appreciate those things are the cure for bitchy resting face, which I am pretty sure I was afflicted with for many many years.

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Friends… Keep ’em around as long as you can!

There is also something to be said for those special people in your life that have been around for the long haul. I’ve made a better attempt in the past few years to better nurture those relationships, because those are the people who you can always count on to be honest with you, no matter how long it’s been. They’re also the people who know you better than you know yourself sometimes. A recent reconnection with a friend that I have known for over 15 years brought this to light when he was able to point out a few things in my life that I never took the time to recognize. Let me tell you, those are the people you need to keep around and cherish.  DO IT!

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It’s MY wine bar in Wallingford!

Now that I have spent half of the year talking about me me me; I’m an only child, what can I say…  But this blog is really supposed to be about my adventures around food.  And while this year has been a transitional period in my life, I’m loving and embracing every moment of it. Cheers to more adventures in food and life to come… and they’re comin!

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