Monday, January 5, 2015

Savoring Life

Salt has been around since creation and is found is areas all over the world.  And it has been used by people for who knows how long. 

Evidence has been discovered showing salt extraction and drying going back to 6051 BC in Romania.  And in China they have found a verifiable salt works dating to 6000 BC.  The use of salt is necessary for healthy human development.

Of course too much of a good thing can cause you health problems as well.  That's certainly true for modern mankind.  I read somewhere that food companies will use 5 billion pounds of salt a year in their industry.  This number seems absolutely astronomical, but it could very well be true.

The very first patent was issued in North America to Samuel Winslow for his new process in making salt.  I could not find any information on just what this process was, but it would be interesting to know.

Salt is used as a compliment, as in "He's the salt of the earth."  And it can be used as a caution:  "Take it with a grain of salt."  But it is still a necessity.  One quote I liked was from Helen Rowland:  "A wise woman puts a grain of sugar into everything she says to man, and takes a grain of salt with everything he says to her."

Nelson Mandela once said:  "Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all."  That pretty well covers what we all need to have a sustainable life with a chance of success.

I say to you:  May your life be flavored with enough salt to make it interesting but not so much you produce salty tears of grief."



  1. I stopped by to say Happy New Year to you, Karen.
    Reading about salt made me smile....through tears.
    Mama has congestive heart failure, and she can never pick up a salt shaker again.
    It is hard to get used to eating without salt....and amazingly, there are food items with sodium that one would never guess had sodium in them. We have become food label readers....experts at it now!
    Hugs and love to you,

    1. I am so sorry to hear about your Mother, Jackie. I do hope and pray that things go well for her, and also for you as you work with her now. I know it can be difficult. My husband has had a debilitating illness for over 14 years now, so you do learn how to cope and how to still find the joy in all God provides. Take care and Happy New Year to you as well. - Karen

  2. Thank you, Karen. My hugs surround you and your husband as well.
    Love you,