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Topic: ZEST (10/01/15)
- TITLE: The De-Zester
By M. C. Syben
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Do you remember that old jingle from the early fifties? It went: What do you want when you gotta have something, and it’s gotta be good and you gotta have a lot and you gotta have it now? What do you want? It goes on to describe a tasty snack called Cracker Jacks. At sixty-three, I hum that tune and could care less about the candy. I want what I’ve been missing for so many years: energy, love for life, or zest also known as “enthusiasm · gusto · relish · appetite · eagerness · keenness.”
When I watch a toddler run non-stop like an energizer bunny, I admire their zest! I’m grateful for the years I spent zesting about. In fact, I probably had more than my share of zest. I was an entertainer in my youth—a songstress with an ever-ready smile and a healthy laugh. I shared my energy back then with people of like minds and similar spirit.
What happened? Quite simply, I knew I could successfully marry a nonbeliever…wrong! To the young person contemplating the same, don’t do it! It doesn’t work. It is a matter of non-compatible energies. A non-believer will suck the living life out of your spirit.
It isn’t that he or she might have an evil agenda, they probably don’t. They just won’t be on the same spiritual page as a practicing believer. They will have different desires, worldly goals. A Christian’s aspirations may seem silly or trite to them. Zest for life, zest for the Lord, zest for anything will wane before the believer realizes it is happening.
I was stubborn and stuck it out because what Christian wants to be divorced? But for goodness sake, when child-birth weight gain occurred or menopausal sweats cramped my style or when illness set in and the spouse showed his non-believing derriere instead of being supportive, I finally divorced with God’s blessing.
It took time, but with prayer, scripture, spiritual friends, quiet meditation, and nature, the energy began to find a way back, spirit-first. Sometimes I would burst out laughing for the silliest thing. Other times a tear would roll down my cheek during a particularly beautiful sunset. I’m able to walk again much to my dogs’ delight! I enjoy cooking for myself every now and then—a practice I gave up long ago.
I’ve opened a channel for zest by allowing myself to once again be who God made me—loving, non-judgmental, hopeful, prayerful, grateful, and thankful. I plan to stay away from spirit depleters and zest thieves. I’ve learned to love God first and love me a close second. Who knows? I may be doing cartwheels like a Cirque de Soleil performer by my next birthday! Halleluiah!
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