Wikipedia says "Salt is essential for animal life, but can be harmful to animals and plants in excess. Salt is one of the oldest, most ubiquitous food seasonings and salting is an important method of food preservation . The taste of salt (saltiness) is one of the basic human tastes.
Last night I was watching Grand Design on ABC and the couple built their home in a 1550's shed, it was massive, an overwhelming project but the result was nothing short of spectacular. The lady with multi-coloured hair whose name was Freddie said "I just want a different experience from life". She didn't want to live in a house with separate rooms and cosy carpet, their home became a creative masterpiece and their daughter could roller-skate everywhere and they had a wild meadow that grew up to their back door!
It made me think of how much we do in life just because everybody else does it, how early in life do we stop asking why, how young are we when we stop thinking there might be a different way? Often I see quotes that say "Life is too short to be ordinary" or "Refuse to be average. Let your heart soar as high as it will". The Bible says "You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its saltiness...It is no longer good for anything...You are the light of the world...let your light shine before others" (Matthew 5:13-16). Salt adds flavour and light gives life. How much salt and light can your life have if you are average, if you are doing exactly the same as everybody else? When I hear quotes like these my heart goes a flutter, I get all excited, but the truth is I don't actually have any idea how to push boundaries, how to be anything but average and ordinary. My parents, my schooling, my extended family and friends did a great job of making me pretty normal. I have never had any real life experience with people who question the norms and live an alternative lifestyle, I have no real concept of doing anything other than what everybody else is doing, what I have learnt to accept as normal.
I get glimpses of a different way to be, but I am way too comfortable with my existing life to really challenge my way of thinking or change anything, but as I gain a deeper understand of the Gospel I get a strong feeling there are alternatives. I do not want to be weird, I want to fit in, but at the same time I do want a different experience from life, I definitely want our daughters to have a different experience from life. How can our heart soar with so many long held and deep seeded beliefs securing it tightly to this earthly world.
Jesus said "I've come to change everything, turn everything rightside up - how I long for it to be finished" Luke 12:49-50. I think we are still a long way from understanding and comprehending the wonderful life that is available to us. Oh but how to unlock the answers, how to discover the best way to enjoy earth for the short time we are here, without going crazy questioning everything just for the sake of it.
So my philosophy for the moment is "Don't think about it, just heart it", that is a Justine Miller original quote right there. I have all the answers inside me already, placed gently on my heart from the moment I was created. It is my head, silly logic, my fear and worry, my previous experiences and hurts and learnt knowledge that keep the answers hidden from me. I want to release myself from unnecessary conventional thinking and unloving social norms and discover what it truly means to live in the spirit, I want my life to have the perfect amount of salt.
What are your thoughts on salt, and life?