Time to Savour
Time to Savour
Well, Summer is almost here and there is simply so much to enjoy. The birdsong, the cherry blossoms, the smell of newly mown grass, cricket and tennis and croquet, and a thousand other good things as well.
We tend to rush to through life, in our general busyness and in our focus on getting the next thing ticked off our list. It can be like that with our food as well. We can put the next forkful in our mouth, with scarcely a moment to taste it and really appreciate the flavours and textures.
You might think that I’m now going to suggest that we all slow down a bit, and take life at a more leisurely pace. Well, that’s good advice in general, but it’s not always easy to put into practice. Circumstances vary enormously, and sometimes our family commitments simply don’t allow us the luxury of being less busy. If we work outside the home, sometimes the demands of our job are simply all-consuming. Someone might witter on about “preserving a work/life balance”, but so often this is a luxury which eludes our grasp. Our current society expects far more from its workers than used to be the case, and typically there are far fewer workers doing the job in question. Expectations increase, while the number of workers decrease - so it’s no wonder that the world of paid employment is so busy and stressful.
Yes, in an ideal world, it would be good for us all to slow down a bit and spend more time simply enjoying life. But what if we’re one of those for whom this is going to be a bit of a pipedream?
Well, I think all of us, however busy we are, can make the mental effort simply to appreciate the beauty and wonder of the world around us. Next time we eat or drink something, we could take a moment to really appreciate the taste and texture, and perhaps even take time to think about the men and women involved in the producing and transporting our food.
A spiritual life - a life which seeks to connect with the presence and goodness of God - starts with the discipline of paying attention to ourselves and the world around us. It is about recognising what is real, and putting this in the context of a God who loves us and cares for us.
It’s about giving ourselves time to savour.