Sometimes time flies by. Other times, it moves so slowly it’s like the second hand on the clock ceases to move. Since time always passes at the same rate, it’s really our perception of it that changes.
Which raises the question: is it possible to make the good times move as slowly as the bad ones?
Probably not, but we can learn to linger in good moments and expand them by actively building the “savoring” muscles.
To that end, I’m running a Daily Vacation Challenge on the blog. I got this idea from a book called Savoring, by the late Joseph Veroff and Fred B. Bryant. Each day for one week, plan in something you know you’ll find pleasurable. Just something short — like 15 minutes — but become aware of how you’re feeling during it. Think about how you’ll recount the details, and then do, to cement the memory.
I will be doing that this week! I’ll be recounting the details on this blog, and I invite you to join me.
We moved into our vacation rental last night, which had its moments of stress (packing! unpacking!) I had thought I would try to savor my ice cream cone from our favorite parlor, but with all the kids also dripping ice cream every where it was kind of hard to do so.
However, while they were all watching a movie (and my husband was out grocery shopping) I sat on the porch and just enjoyed the sunset for a while. No phone, just staring at the waves and at the sky, people watching everyone tromping past. I had to go inside to check on the kids every 10 minutes or so, but in between those 10 minute checks I could linger in the moment.
Please check in today with what your Daily Vacation looks like!
Photo: Different beach, but 3-year-old is on my phone so I can’t access more recent photos right now.