Zest for Life

First of all, how great is the word “zest”? And then you say it all together:


Doesn’t it just make you want to have a zest for ANYTHING?

So, we all have our thing. The thing that provides us energy, joy, and passion. I would say that I have many things: MY FAMILY, MUSIC, TRAVELING, WRITING

And then, there’s Disney.

Maybe it’s my SoCal roots, my desire to always

be young at heart, or my deep appreciation for great storytelling, (big shout out to PIXAR). I don’t really need an explanation for loving Disney. I know what I love and I. LOVE. Disney. And I live for Disney.

Michael proposed to me at Disneyland, I went on my honeymoon to Disneyworld, I sang there for seven Christmas seasons, I’ve gone while I was pregnant, and with one, two and then three kids.

This past weekend we confirmed our decision to cancel the cruise that we were going to take this Christmas and started looking at other options.

When we take a trip, I typically plan, save, and research for months, sometimes years. When Michael said, “Let’s just go now,” I looked at our traveling options, prices, and what the trip would look like regarding COVID restrictions and it all seemed very doable. We jumped at the chance to book my Mom’s timeshare, found dirt cheap flights, and moved our cancelled cruise money over to buy tickets to Disneyworld with the amazing help of PIXIE AND PAN vacations, who, by the way, has no extra fees for booking through them. I’ve never used a travel agent before and I’m so glad I did this time because they are helping to navigate some uncharted territories with the pandemic.

Now, I know you probably don’t want to know all about my family’s vacation, so here’s the message that I really want to share.


And living during a pandemic is so foreign it’s almost as if we’ve forgotten what’s normal. It doesn’t help that we’re on day who knows what of dealing with this virus. But, how do we answer the question, how do we live right now? I recently read some wise words from C. S. Lewis’ “On Living in An Atomic Age” and I pray that we all take them to heart.

“How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.”

In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation…It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.

This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.

Might I add, may we keep on living by making smart and healthy decision. C. S. Lewis is not recommending reckless behavior, but humane, sane and sensible behavior.

If you don’t have anything exciting in your near future, or this pandemic has cancelled endless amounts of events and trips that were going to bring happiness and memories or your facing challenges from financial hardships, I hope and pray that you can still find something that can bring you joy and a zest for life.

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