Not many people are happy about getting old. I’m in the minority. I love getting old, and so should you. Why am I so happy? It’s because I’ve discovered SAVORISM.
Don’t get me wrong. There are drawbacks. And if you are over 50 there’s no need for me to generate a list. You know the challenges of aging. Too often the negatives of time marching on drag us down, robbing us of enjoying life. It’s easy to sink into a deep funk which threatens to drag us down into the black hole of despair.
Let me introduce you to SAVORISM.
Don got sick. Really sick. He went to the emergency room and was admitted to the hospital. The diagnosis came back. He had an aggressive form of cancer. On one of my hospital visits he told me something shocking. “I thank God every day for my cancer.” Huh? Really!
When I pushed him for an explanation here’s what he said. “Until I got cancer I took every day for granted. Now I wake up in the morning determined to savor every day.” There it is: SAVORISM.
Don taught me a lesson I never forgot and which serves me well as I age. We cannot always control our life circumstances but we can make the decision to savor every day.
Sure. you and I can sit around and think about the good old days when we could leap tall buildings in a single bound. But there is no value in crying about what we used to be able to do. SAVORISM has taught me to celebrate what I can still do.
Here are a few of the advantages of embracing SAVORISM:
- You will go through each day thankful to be alive.
- You will find ways to make every day count.
- You will stop whining and start living.
- You will be an example for others to follow.
Embracing SAVORISM is simple. All you need to do is make the decision to embrace each day. Stop wasting your remaining days by wallowing in self-pity, grieving over the past, or focusing on your aches and pains. Exercise your power to decide. Choose to embrace SAVORISM.
Take the SAVORISM pledge:
“I (insert name here) do solemnly pledge to savor every day, refusing to live in the past, but fully embracing each moment.”
Maybe you should write this pledge on a piece of paper and tape it to the bathroom as a reminder of your decision to embrace SAVORISM.
If you took the pledge do me a favor. Just leave a comment and say something like “I’m in.” Let’s see if we can spread SAVORISM and make a difference in the lives of others.
I say, let’s savor on…
I’m in. Thanks for this nudge.
I’m in. When I was treated for breast cancer, my oncologist said ” I bet you won’t sweat the small stuff. He was right. It’s been five years that I’m cancer free and I’m very grateful and don’t sweat the small stuff.
I’m in for sure! Have been for a while now too! Once you’ve experienced that life-changing kink in your life (like my being in the hospital for 5 weeks out of two months and coming out without my kidneys working), you DO appreciate life more and realize how much you’ve been taking it for granted! The Lord isn’t done with me yet! As a matter of fact, some things are BETTER now than before. Three grandsons help! A loving wife helps! Seeing those who are much worse off than myself helps! I’m alive! I was able to mow lawn today! I go to dialysis tomorrow, but praise God, it’s there to help keep me alive! In the meantime, I’m in!! And, yes, I’m getting old! But that doesn’t matter! I savor it!
WOW Mark! Thanks so much for reading and your terrific comment. You are the prime example of SAVORISM! Miss you and the church folk.
I’m in also. This attitude may cause you to ride an ATV in the desert, or look for a dead guy’s house that died 40 years ago.
Haha. You got it!!
Count me in!
I’m in too! And looking for a dead guy’s house that died 40 years ago sounds like great fun!
It was terrific fun!!
I’m in, Randy. It changes your perspective on each day!
I think it’s a great way to live!