When people discuss grilling, they talk about delicious food, low fat methods of cooking, good times with friends, being outdoors, methods of basting, foil wrapping, marinating, and more.
There’s something else that grilling can do for you.
It can be a few minutes of peace and quiet, where you can sit out in your yard or on your balcony, and just watch the world go by.
Never leaving a fire unattended means not running back into the house to do a bunch of things – the short waiting time reduces the temptation to do other activities – and it can form a little pocket of peace in your day.
If you use a manual timer (like I do) it can even be soothing.
So if you do grill, next time you throw something on the grate, take a few minutes to sit down with a cool beverage, breathe in and out slowly, watch the sky, and set down all your burdens.
You’ll be glad you did.