Where’d My Cookie Go?

I just ate this AMAZING cookie. It was given to me last night at a friend’s house and I saved it for today. I took it out of the refrigerator, took one bite and went, “WHOA! What is IN this thing? It is fantastic! I’m in cookie heaven!”

And with that rave review going on in my head after the first bite, I knew I had to have a latte to go with it. So I leapt up, ran into the kitchen and proceeded to fire up the old espresso machine and make myself a latte.  I kept thinking, “Oh my cookie is going to go SO great with a latte.”

When I finished making the latte, I looked around for my cookie and...it was gone!!!  It was nowhere to be found! That’s when I suddenly realized I had eaten the entire thing WHILE I was making my coffee.

So what, you ask? Well, I remember nothing about the experience of eating that cookie. I paid absolutely no attention to how fabulous or tasty or yummy it was. It came and it went and apparently I wasn’t actually THERE to enjoy it.

And that got me to thinking. How many “amazing cookies” surround us every day? Cookies like our spouse, a great friend, our children, a glorious sunset, a happy doggy? How many cookies – that we would say they are so precious in our lives and we want to always remember to savor them – that zip right past us. Zip right past because we are busy doing other things and get distracted.

May I suggest that you stop right now and think of one of your amazing cookies. Think about them and let the image of their face wash over you. Savor the picture and experience that sugary, happy high. Then – grab the phone and give them a quick call.  Tell them they are one of your all-time favorite cookies in the world.

I sure do miss my cookie. Sigh.

From your cookie-loving motivational speaker, Linda Larsen



Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. I think you need to get that recipe! Now I’m craving a sweet. Linda, this post is so true. I relate on all levels from the cookie to the conversations I’ve missed because I’m not fully present. I even found my mind wandering once while reading an Eckhart Tolle book on being in the now! Thanks for the gentle, tasty reminder to dial in and enjoy the moment.

  2. Great post Linda.  I thought you were going to say your Weather Muffin ate your cookie!  Yes, we do need to savor the people and events in our life.  Thanks for the reminder.

  3. If you give a mouse a cookie….he will want a latte to go with it…

    (Doesn’t make sense unless you know the children’s book “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie”. Just a little motivational speakers humor.) 

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