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When was the last time you took a few moments for yourself?

I mean really take a few moments for yourself and live in the moment!

Some examples for you. First, at a recent meeting my mind started to wander and the meeting only lasted about 30 minutes. Maybe I was tired or bored or distracted, but I definitely wasn’t in the moment.

Suddenly I noticed people turning around and looking at me! Oh my God, what did I miss? Had the presenter asked me a question or had I dozed off noisily? Let’s just say I squirmed through the moment, but a lesson was learned.

This brings on the second period of being in the moment and these are particularly precious times for me – those quiet meditative times where I am able to sit quietly and listen.

Over the years I have sat quietly in a park or garden or wherever life finds me. I sit in silence, relax and listen. What do I feel? The flow of life around me.

I try to hear and feel what is happening around me to fully experience the feeling of being there. Listening is so important to being in the moment, and I’m often amazed at what I hear. All your senses are solicited during these periods. What do you see? What do you feel? What do you feel?

Of course, you don’t have to be in a park or a quiet place to have this, in the moment, moment. It is possible to have it in a noisy family gathering – which is very meaningful to me – or in a busy street. When searched, you will find these moments anywhere – just search for them.

But let’s not forget the sense of taste.

Drinks bring us to and from times. They allow us to remember privileged moments when we tasted a beverage and they bring us back to the present time to party or simply have a quiet moment. Wines do a great job of taking us to memories and memory-making moments.

As a boy, I enjoyed the sight of a weeping willow in our yard. No matter the time of year, it always invited me to stand under its drooping branches and listen to the wind and the birds that were in its branches. Like a glass of Lone Birch Pinot Gris, I liked it.

This Yakima Valley wine is so seductive and invites you to take a sip, savor it and then think of its delicious flavors of pineapple and pear. When you need a few minutes to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the day, let Lone Birch help you take a few moments for yourself.

The other day I felt the urge to go back in time and enjoy a glass of Hogue Cabernet Sauvignon. I discovered this wine a long time ago and for some reason the Columbia Valley was calling my name. I took a bottle of Hogue and sat down with it. I saw myself buying my first bottle at a community wine store and how much I enjoyed the blackberry and vanilla flavors. Its light cherry aroma connected the past moment to the present moment – a real treat for me.

We all like to let loose once in a while, so why not enjoy a glass of Live-a-Little Wildly Wicked white wine from South Africa? Even the most reserved among us will have the opportunity to kick off our shoes, let our hair down and enjoy the sweet citrus flavor and acidity of this wine. It is semi-dry but its crunchiness will give you many moments of pleasure.

What does all this mean? Simply put, take time for yourself, be kind to yourself, and in doing so, live in the moment. May you find many of these moments.

As always, eat and drink in moderation but laugh recklessly!


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