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If the news has you feeling terrible #2

Go ahead and pull that juicer out of the basement, or the garage, or the attic, or wherever else it may be. Juice some things. Something with chlorophyll, something that will make you feel like you did something good for your body. But add some sweetness, because, well, sometimes you have to bring your own sweetness. And why don’t you get fancy with it, too. I mean, you’re worth a splurge. Kale and pineapple and mint will make you feel a little better. It can make you feel that the sun still exists.”

If the news has you feeling terrible,

“Might I suggest to you a hot shower accompanied by the sultry sounds of Anita Baker. This is best enjoyed if you close your eyes during the most stirring parts of the songs as you let that hot water run over your body. Let the sound of the water, and the sound of her voice be a barrier between you and the outside world. Sway if you need to. Savor.”

Savor


Someone recently asked me about my 2016.

In the pause between processing the question and clumsily sputtering forth an answer, I realized that I have no idea what happened to 2016.

This realization is what led me to 2017’s word: savor.

I want to pay attention this year, and experience it fully. Of course, I’m thinking about enjoying the good times, but I also want to simply be more present through the difficult ones.

My son has just entered his teenage years. There’s something about that fact that has highlighted time’s passage for me. This goal, is in part to help me do what I need to do in order to be sure to enjoy the time I have with him.

Here’s to savoring 2017!