Word-Of-the-Week #822: Moments

May 7, 2020 by · Leave a Comment 

Momentspoints in time that are gratifying or noteworthy.

Have you savored any small or big moments this week? Did you strengthen any connections?

I totally agreed with last week’s comments by Phil Blair and to recap this is what he wrote about moments:

“Savor the small moments: The wonderful smell of coffee, the feel of a warm shower, the warmth of a sunny day. Rather than ignoring these small moments, let our brains process the pleasure, which boosts our serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter that helps elevate our mood and makes us feel calm.

 My cup is not only half full, but most days, as Shakespeare might say, it doth runneth over. I always try to see the good in people until they prove me wrong. 

Instead, let’s spend that time laughing at it and enjoying the funny jokes that are coming out every day.” 

My good friend Carol said, “Susan you know your hyper. I was a teacher and I had my share of hyper kids. I’ve wondered how you are dealing with all this sheltering in place.” Well I chose to switch up my routine. Instead of walking in my neighborhood I started riding my bike. Then when they closed the golf courses, I played at our pitch n putt in our community park.

In mid-April I needed to go to my chiropractor whose office is in Pacific Beach. On the way home I drove past Mission Bay (which was closed) but has sidewalks on the bluff overlooking it. I made an instant decision to park on the street and go for a walk to take in a different view. I cannot tell you how good I felt that day!

So that started what I call my Treasure Hunt Game. The following week I took a drive down to the San Diego Bay and scoped out Harbor Island, Shelter Island and the Embarcadero downtown. The goal was to locate a good place to walk with a water view that incorporated 3 Key Components – parking, food options and most important – a bathroom!

The following week I met up with Kate my Pilates instructor to have a social-distancing lunch to celebrate her birthday and take a nice walk on Shelter Island. The next week I celebrated with a drive-by birthday party for another friend Marilyn.

The next week I met my sweet sister Lurene for a social-distancing lunch and nice walk along the Embarcadero. That led me to head over to Coronado to scope out more options.

And last week Lurene and I had another lovely lunch and walk on Coronado. What I realized was it made me feel like I was on vacation. Coronado is where we go when we have company because of the world-famous Hotel Del.

Then yesterday I met up with Debbie and Katherine who are also on the board of Fostering Opportunities with me. We met in Solana Beach for a social-distancing lunch and a barefoot walk on the beach. It was so nice to connect with them and feel the cool ocean breeze on a hot day.

I have never patronized so many restaurants in such a short period of time! I feel so bad that so many businesses have been devasted by this pandemic. I feel a need to do whatever I can. And in the course of all that I have managed to savor so many moments!

This week’s focus is to savor the moments. Did you see the full moon last night? Have you savored a spectacular sunset? Do you think the birds chirping seems louder than before?

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