Make sauce and write a blog while the sun shines
Every year I always mean to harvest the summer-glutton of fresh mint growing in my garden and make it into mint sauce. It is easy and cheap to do, nothing that an oven, a few washed out jars and a fifty pence bottle of white vinegar can’t take care of. And the reward…ah the reward: no less than the tang of homemade, fresh mint sauce to feast on throughout the winter months of roast dinners when everyone else is condemned to the heavily sugared, artificially flavoured shop-bought gloop.
But I never do pick those mint leaves and I never make the sauce, even though I really, really want to.
The pure smug-factor alone should be motivation enough for picking and pickling. But every single year, just around about the time when the mint is three-feet high and rising, and I am rubbing my hands with glee at the thought of bountiful provenance, I just don’t do it. I don’t ever actually do it despite my best, most worthy intentions. And every year as the plants flower, the leaves turn brown-daggy and the stems slimy-dead, my failure is complete once more.
So today I am starting a blog, today on this warmest, sunniest day of the year. And maybe it is something to do with the weather because by some eerie coincidence this turns out to be also the perfect day for at last harvesting the bounty of my beautiful, tender mint leaves. By some unfathomable miracle I just get on and do it. I ‘seize the moment’; I ‘don’t put off ‘til tomorrow what I can do today’.
Whether I’ll be quite as smug about this blog as the sauce is doubtful. Writing a blog is way harder than picking leaves and boiling vinegar. But I’ve now got two fragrant jars in my pantry so anything is possible.
I’ll be mostly writing about how close attention to words and their careful usage can bring meaning to the mundane, wonder to the ordinary and enhancement of all those broad attributes cited as so important for business and personal success, not to mention life. Connection; engagement; narrative; creation; persuasion; negotiation; strategy; expression; integrity; humanity.
Sometimes I’ll use a culinary analogy to get a point across and sometimes I won’t. Do you know how meaningful it will be when I crack open that mint sauce?
“Is this your own homemade sauce?” Dinner guests will say.
“Yes,” I’ll say, “Isn’t it delicious? And it’s so easy to make.”
And I’ll be able to tell the story of how it took me years but I eventually made hay (mint sauce) while the sun shone, and there will be something very satisfying about that.