Seventy Salads Long

DSCN1523I’m reading “Nature” which is one of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essays, originally published anonymously. They talked funny back in the 1800s so I don’t understand it all (despite having studied him at length during my undergrad years as an English Lit major), but every once in a while I get sound bites that stick. They can take over my thoughts for an entire day.

Towards the end of the essay, he’s writing about how humanity constantly tries to speed things up (better, quicker, faster, smarter)  though nature doesn’t buy in.  It just is. He says man’s life is “…seventy salads long, grow they swift or grow they slow.”

This was the sound bite that started to take over. I started thinking, what if at the end of your life you lined up all the foods that went into your body while here on earth? Would each era be easily identifiable?

I’m thinking of my high school years right now where I think I drank 800 grape juices, ate 1,000 chocolate chip cookies, and gobble down 500 stuffed burritos from Roger’s Frosty made in the deep fryer after closing hours. My current line would be filled with lots of fresh veggies, fruits, nuts, and pounds of peanut butter and raw honey with the occasional red wine/chocolate binge. Oh, and TONS of S’more bars and chewy chocolate chip Medifast bars because I love those. (But definitely no deep fried burritos!)

What does your line look like? Would you be embarrassed for other people to see it or would it make you proud?

I’m pretty sure Ralph Waldo didn’t think I’d take this reference off in this tangent, but hey. He did tell American authors to be original in their thoughts and find their own voices after all.

And now I’m wondering what Ralph’s line would have looked like…

About @jamieweil

I'm on an adventure to bring happiness, relaxation, and some shine to a stressed out world. You might call it a Divine mission. Covid Season 2020 has taught me some important lessons about myself and about you, but most importantly about US. I have written about those in a book called Shine: When Chasing Sacred Spaces Goes Dark, my 6th book which came out December 2020 and hit #1 Bestseller in 7 categories thanks to my readers. I teach an online class to empower empaths through writing and am holding my first writing retreat for empaths under the Full Flower Moon and Lunar Eclipse May 5-7, 2023 in mystical Mt. Shasta, California. We have sold our house, not bought another, and have set out on a synchronistic adventure with Kai, our 103 pound lab, at the center. We call it The Kainnection Adventure. Dogs are the equalizers of all. (Home base:
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11 Responses to Seventy Salads Long

  1. jamieweilhealthcoach says:

    Sweet! I think I’m going to weed me some flower beds this weekend:)


  2. P.E.A.C.E. says:

    Another excellent and inspiring post my friend! Yes imagine lining up everything we’ve eaten and just LOOKING at it – plates of pasta or quinoa? Bottles of wine, whiskey or water? Aero bars or Salads? I Love it! Awareness is key. And I love your reader Janet’s comment, which has me thinking ‘no wonder I love gardening!’ and especially the digging in the soil part. Cheers (shots of wheatgrass clinking!) Gina


    • jamieweilhealthcoach says:

      And ginger shots! It’s all about ginger shots these days. Have you tried?! Zinnngggg. Now, let’s go inhale some microbes. Thanks for your comment, Gina!


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