So yesterday we enjoyed a cold blast of winter air.
The high was 70 degrees and the low was 52 or something. F-f-f-f-freeeezing!!!
Seriously. I put jackets and sweaters on my complaining kids. After school, we celebrated the Arctic-like weather with a nice camp fire.
What are those things called? Bonfires? Backyard fire hazards? Ah, fire pit! Right.
This is the first time I've enjoyed a fire pit, and I gotta say I'm loving it. Except for the 800 times my oldest one doused the fire with that liquid that makes fires grow. What's it called? Gas?
And my third one, as you can see in this picture, was busy making his marshmallows as carcinogenic as possible. Love the goggles. Pretty clever, right??
I made them hot chocolate milkies and we chilled in the backyard, waiting for the blizzard to arrive.
To my disappointment, the clouds refused to appear. The day was just too darn perfect!
South Florida doesn't have much of a winter, but there are rare days when the sky is crystal clear and it's cold enough to wear a nice sweater.
It's these days that I wish would never end.
Of course, until my kids started trying to wrestle each other into the fire pit. They thought it was cool. And all the while my oldest was seeing just how high he could make the fire jump.
Our neighbors hate us. I'm sure of it.
My point has almost nothing to do with this post, but it's still a good one if I do say so myself.
Yesterday was a beautiful day. I wanted every moment to last. I didn't want to let it go. I really cherished it as much as I could.
So I was thinking. We experience moments like these, but not enough. For whatever reason, we don't really cherish every moment of our lives.
That's probably because most of them are extremely challenging, so it's hard to see the good, or even take the time to slow down enough to see the good.
But I have a feeling that if we were to just try and find something in every day that we can truly cherish, something that we can say, "I wish this moment wouldn't end," how much better would each day be?
I think just one of these precious moments in the day would be enough to carry us through the other 99%.
Today, tomorrow, and even after tomorrow, if you can remember this post by then, be on the lookout for something in your day that's wonderful. Something you're really thankful for.
And don't let it go.
That is, until you forget about it five minutes later because your boss/client/spouse/kid is yelling at you to stop daydreaming and come back to reality.
Wishing you a wonderful Shabbat! And please, don't eat too much challah!
p.s.- Don't miss Rav Brody's weekly Torah portion below!