Wednesday, March 30, 2011

You're Worth It!

This morning for breakfast, I had the most amazing dining experience. I was seated at a quaint little outdoor patio table, surrounded by beautiful flowers and the soft fragrance of jasmine. The air was cool and fresh, and soft music could be heard in the distance. My meal was prepared to taste, and was absolutely delectable from the first bite until the last! Truly, it was an extraordinary way to start an ordinary day. But then again, I'm worth it!

OK, before this starts sounding like a Loreal commercial, let me explain. I had breakfast at home, out on our patio. Our rose bushes are in full bloom, right along with our jasmine, which is slowly climbing it's way up the trellis which shades one end of our patio. Birds perched in nearby trees were sweetly chirping their "Good mornings". As the chef for the day, I had prepared my breakfast just the way I like it... a fluffy spinach ,black olive, green chile omelet, slightly buttered toast, and Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Tea with a smidgen of honey....all delicious, if I do say so myself! A dining experience fit for a princess....even it that princess just happened to be me.


The idea to enjoy a breakfast extraordinaire came to me earlier this morning while I was in the shower. Today had started out like most days. My alarm, not aware that I was happily asleep, had rudely awakened me at 5:30 a.m. I then somehow managed to get up and walk to the kitchen where my programmable coffee maker already had a nice pot of hot tea waiting for me. I poured myself a cup, stirred in a little honey and headed for the shower. As the water tried to do it's part to enliven my senses and wake me up, an image slowly started appearing in my mind. I found myself thinking how nice it would be to be somewhere else starting this day in a totally new and different way. I pictured myself vacationing in Paris, or perhaps Venice, enjoying breakfast at a quaint little outdoor cafe. The more I thought about it, the better it sounded. Why wait for someday, I thought. Why not today?! Granted, I couldn't make it to Paris in time for breakfast, but I could make the time to treat myself to an out of the ordinary breakfast.

Usually, breakfast and I are simply two ships that pass in the night...well, ok, day. We never have time to actually connect and enjoy each other's company. And why? Because I'm too busy, of course!

Busy living life.

But wait! Is that what life is all about? Being too busy to actually enjoy my life?

BINGO! This is the thought that hit me while I was in the shower. Not only did the water wake me up, but my gracious Heavenly Father awakened in me the desire to not just live life, but to enjoy it.....ALL OF IT. Even breakfast!

So...I treated myself to breakfast...and felt absolutely spoiled by it.

Imagine that! The simplest thing, fueling my body for the day, became something that brought great pleasure to me and totally changed the "feel" of my entire day.

I have a feeling this is what God had in mind when we created us.

He didn't create a beautiful world just so we would have an address...a place to be. No. He created this world so we would be surrounded by an environment that would enliven our senses, tickle our nose, delight our eyes and revive our spirit.

We werern't created to simply "get through" life. We weren't formed by his hands to simply exist in a world that we never enjoy. We werern't placed on this earth to just "be busy". We weren't given life just to "get through" life. We were knit together in our mother's womb so we might enjoy life.

When was the last time you gazed at the sky? When was the last time you felt the sunshine or heard the song of a sparrow? When was the last time you ate breakfast in the morning & actually tasted it?

Today, take some time to enjoy your life~

You're worth it!

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