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“Zest”

There are some people who say things that seem to not be bound by time. One of those people I think is Norman Vincent Peale. Here is one of his quotes “Think excitement, talk excitement, act out excitement and you are bound to become an excited person. Life will take on a new zest, deeper interest, and greater meaning. You can think, talk, and act yourself into dullness, or into monotony, or into unhappiness.  By the same process you can build up inspiration, excitement, and surging depth of joy.”

 …Life will take on a new zest… So what does the word zest mean?

Zest: flavor or interest; piquancy…spirited enjoyment gusto…hearty enjoyment and enthusiasm…exciting enjoyable quality…an exciting or interesting aspect of something that makes it particularly enjoyable…energy…stimulating.

I ask myself these questions regarding zest.  What is the zest in my life? What adds zest to my life? What can tingle my senses and my sense of being the way lemon zest does for your favorite dish? Zest from citrus fruits like the lemon is used so sparingly and yet can add just the right touch. Music I have decided is a big part of how I add zest to my life. Just the right music at just the right time can change my mood and feelings so quickly. When my husband and I were dating we had, as many couples do I suspect, our favorite song. Ours was by Elton John “Your Song” …”I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words how wonderful life is while you’re in the world.” Whenever it happens to be played at a wedding reception we always can be found on the dance floor held in each others arms remembering our first love. It might sound too mushy for some but it is true even after thirty-seven years.

Zest seems so insignificant and small but yet it adds so much flavor and compliments the other ingredients so well. That’s what music does it adds flavor to life. Christian Dior may create perfume but she says, “Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest.”

I invite you to take a moment and complete this phrase                                                                                                          _____________ add(s) zest to _____________.

Make it a Lemonade Day! Look for the zest in you life and create excitemnet!

Sharon for Faithtwins

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