After I finish this post I’m going to eat a slice of the pumpkin pie I have in the fridge, with plenty of whipped cream.
It’s been sitting there for two days now, untouched. There’s nothing wrong with it, I’ve just been waiting for the right time to eat it. I placed a plethora of rules onto the experience. Some are internal some ingrained from growing up.
The rules of law for pumpkin pie eating include but are not limited to:
- Not too early in the day
- Not before we eat a nutritious meal first (can’t fill up on pie before dinner)
- Oh now it’s too close to bed, don’t want to eat it right before bed.
So this goes on until, if I don’t act on it, the pie will mold in the fridge and I’ll have to throw it out. It becomes a missed opportunity to have an enjoyable life experience.
Now it’s wasted.
The reason why I bring all of this up to you is that I thought to myself, do we place too many rules on our pleasures of life, so much so that our life wastes away without enough of these enjoyable moments. Rules like, I can’t play with the kids until this or that is done, now they are napping, now it’s time to start dinner. Or I was going to snuggle with my husband but that article still isn’t written and I haven’t checked email all day, maybe something important I’m missing, now he’s on to something else that he needs to do. I have these blessings before me but if I don’t take the time to engage them, those precious opportunities can also be wasted, just like the pie, they are perishable.
It’s good to be mindful about enjoying the good times when they present themselves, it seems they can be too few and far between many times. The more of these small moments we seize and make the most of, the more satisfying memories will be available to reflect on in the end. Now, for some pie.