Salt used to be rare. Gold was even exchanged for it.
One day, while visiting the Adam Thoroughgood House, built around 1680 to 1720, the tour guide showed us a saltbox. (Several styles exist, and the colonial-style saltbox house resembles one of these containers.) This particular replica was a wooden box with a lock, and it made a beautiful table display.
But how many of us value salt now – or even know its history? Something that seems insignificant is worth more than we realize. It’s old and has many stories to tell. But we shove a cardboard container of it (hopefully iodized sea salt) up on the shelf somewhere, not giving it much consideration unless we have to use it for a recipe. Or, if we think about it, we’ll sprinkle it on slick winter sidewalks to melt the ice. If you really get to know this mineral, you’ll find a thousand reasons to love it, just like baking soda and vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.
Salt is a lot like people. Specifically, salt is a lot like people who have been on this planet for many years. Like salt, though, they’re often seen as expendable, insignificant, and are often forgotten about.
Maybe it’s a good time to go through the cabinets and take inventory. After all, it is springtime. It’s a good season for healthful changes. Maybe by really considering all items on our shelves – and all people our culture says aren’t worth much — we’ll discover new ways to appreciate them in our lives and, consequently, our hearts…