What does savouring mean? The Oxford Dictionary tells us it is a verb, meaning if you are eating or drinking, you savour eating or drinking, slowly tasting the full flavour of the food and enjoying it to the full.

OR, savouring could be applied to a moment in time, when you are fully present, appreciating and enjoying each second with your full and alert attention, maybe even lingering over it.

This Christmas I was observing just how much we had lost that art. People rushed here and there, buying, and consuming even before the actual big day. Those doing the marketing were only too happy to have us rush on to the next consumable product or food. There were even Hot Cross Buns on sale! Forget about Christmas, rush on to the next thing.

One of my favourite poems begins with a protest about these very things – by William Wordsworth.

“The world is too much with us; late and soon,

Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;

Little we see in nature that is ours;

We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon; (blessing)

The poem goes on to say that basically we are out of tune with nature. Nature no longer moves us, we have forgotten to slow down, to ignore crass commercialism and to savour something as simple, but as wonderful as nature.


Kathleen Crawford 2017.