Carpe Vas!... I smile when I think of this quaint little coffee shop in the heart of historic Savannah, GA. After several hours afoot, we were in desperate need of a little caffeine recharge when I spotted the store sign up ahead. I snapped a few tourist pics and hurried after my hubby as he laughingly barked out: "F-R-E-S-H Coffee!"
The weather was perfect, the skies were a gorgeous shade of blue, and we drank in the sights, smells and sounds of a rather low-key Savannah afternoon while sipping coffee outside the shop. The owner's clever play on the old "seize the day" mantra made me laugh... as if one simply cannot let a moment go by without coffee. Seize the cup! Get it early! Get it now! Make the most of every pot! Yessiree, this was definitely our kinda coffee shop. Carpe Vas, indeed.
Oh, yeah, baby, I'm all about grabbing onto life. Just ask anyone who knows my list of exhausted hobbies. After all life is about living, right? And living it to the fullest. But don't get me wrong. There's a vast difference between experiencing life as you live it, and cramming life full of experiences in order to feel like you've lived.
For me, the living happens in the everyday stuff; the fun stuff... the serious stuff... the lesson-learning-sure-wish-I-weren't-going-through-THIS kinda stuff. You wake up. You breathe. You got the stuff of life staring you in the face. (And if you're really lucky, you'll at least have a good cup of coffee to go along with it.) But either way, there's always something to glean from each day's experiences even if it's just one of those character-building, downing-the-blah-oatmeal kind of days.
Every single day we experience places, people, situations and circumstances, and in those moments we process and engage. Over a lifetime we laugh, love, celebrate and grieve. We unite, compete, take risks, fall flat on our faces, and try again. Sometimes we quit trying for a while. We hurt. But those who grab on to life... True Life ... find the grace and forgiveness to rise up again; to breathe again... to keep standing... to experience the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living... to seize the Cup.
Psalm 27:13; Ephesians 2:4-9