In her exquisitely crafted, beautiful and deeply insightful book “An Everlasting Meal: Cooking With Economy and Grace” Tamar Adler observes,
“whether it’s nudging dried leaves around a patch of cement, or salting a tomato, we feel, when we exert tiny bits of our human preference in the universe, more alive.”
She also says of MFK Fisher who authored the book, “How To Cook a Wolf“, that she “advocated cooking with gusto not only for vanquishing hardship with pleasure, but for
‘weeding out what you yourself like best to do so that you can live most agreeably in a world full of an ever increasing number of disagreeable surprises.'”
Their words speak rivetingly to me about CHOICE; how making even the smallest choices in our daily lives that improve, to our liking, how something looks, or tastes, helps us feel and be more alive and better able to cope with the many un-chosen surprises this world throws our way.
Think of the humble Mayflower pilgrims; a handful of God-honoring men and women, who braved a treacherous, two-month ocean crossing because of their need to be free to worship God as they chose. Having been trapped in a system that had persecuted them for trying to exercise this freedom, they risked their physical lives for their soul’s freedom of choice in this regard.
“The coming hither of the Pilgrim three centuries ago… shaped the destinies of this Continent, and therefore profoundly affected the destiny of the whole world.” President Roosevelt