Yesterday, after a large feast at our house, we drove to Fidler’s Pond to work off a few calories. The snow was just starting to come down and as we pulled up to the four way stop and sat, our car and we within it found ourselves caught up in a swirling snowfall.
Dusk was just falling, glimmers of lights were coming on and for one instant, I thought I was in the middle of a snow globe, being shaken by a giant hand: one instant of pure pleasure.
These last few months, as summer turned to fall and fall to winter, I have been looking for those instants. When I am caught up in them, the world seems to slow down and I find myself breathing fully, letting my mind and body relax from the constant busyness I feel around me.
Two weeks ago on vacation in Valencia, Spain, I could easily find those moments. I slept in, I actively participated in café culture, I took the time to enjoy. The challenge is to keep it up when I am back here in Goshen in my routine with life constantly happening around me.
For these past two weeks, I have taken the challenge. I fully involve all of my senses in moments of pure pleasure: a quiet time sitting at the bar at Constant Spring, tasting my drink, listening to a friend; a walk in the softest of snowfalls, with its silence and crispness; a Thanksgiving table set with love and graced by family and friends; a long lingering talk over a glass of wine with an attentive partner; a red-tailed hawk swooping in the winter sky and finding its perch on a ghostly tree; the warmth of a late November sun; the fierceness of a November gale.
All of a sudden, it hits me that these moments occur just as frequently as any other. But I just have to take the time to see them for what they are.
And my life, when I pause to soak them in, changes. I find myself living each day for what it is worth, less focused on the end goal, more present to the now. I think that is a good place to be as holiday busyness tries to take grip.
I hope you also find those moments of pure pleasure in your life.
Here is a recipe I often use in the wintertime.
Peanut Butter Popcorn
- 8 cups of popped popcorn
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- Put popcorn in large bowl. In a small saucepan, bring the sugar and honey to a boil.
- Remove from heat and add the peanut butter and vanilla.
- Immediately stir into the bowl of popcorn, making sure it is well coated.