I recently splurged on a set of adorable Moroccan tea glasses, something to remind me of my favorite Philadelphia restaurant and the great meals I’ve shared there with my Sweety.
When one of them broke this week, I was surprised to find myself feeling happy about it, even satisfied.
Was that a strange response? Maybe, but here’s my thinking on it.
Like many people, I’ve had a tendency to set aside the “good dishes” (or fancy paper napkins, or special blouse), saving them for a special occasion.
Doing this means those precious items are rarely used and enjoyed, and more than once, waiting has meant that what was special has become ruined for some reason.
In the past few years I’ve developed a philosophy of using the things I love, even when it means risking wear, tear, and ultimately the end of the object.
It feels like I’m no longer depriving myself, and every day is graced with little reminders of the things that give me joy: a special color or pattern, the glimmer of crystal, wonderful memories.
I used to be a person who saved the cherry on a sundae for last.
Now I eat it right away, and I’m not above asking for two cherries!
Are you saving something for a special occasion? Today is special! Life is short and we should embrace every moment for the blessing and gift that it is.
Open those Christmas presents and enjoy them – now that’s a resolution you can live with!
Lisa Kendall is an expert in Elder Care and self-care for all members of the care partner team.
We wish you much Joy and many Blessings in the coming year!