Look to Your Zest and Your Gusto
In his book of essays, Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity. Ray Bradbury begins with “The Joy of Writing.” His first paragraph begins this way:
Zest. Gusto. How rarely one hears these words used. How rarely do we see people living, or that matter, creating by them? Yet if I were asked to name the most important items in a writer’s makeup, the things that shape his material and rush him along the road to where he wants to go, I could only warn him to look to his zest, see to his gusto.
What Is Zest?
Here's how Fine Dictionary defines zest.
Zest. A piece of orange or lemon peel, or the aromatic oil which may be squeezed from such peel, used to give flavor to liquor, etc.
Zest. Hence, something that gives or enhances a pleasant taste, or the taste itself; an appetizer; also, keen enjoyment; relish; gusto.
The word zest began as a French word zeste referring to orange or lemon peels used to add flavor to bland food. Relish began with the Old French relaisser to describe condiments used to add flavor to plain food. For Americans, “relish” refers to grated pickles that add extra flavor to hot dogs. Gusto is an Italian word that means “taste.”
Over time, zest and relish and gusto took on additional meanings. The meaning of zest expanded from flavor to attitude. Relish expanded from condiments to enjoyment. Gusto expanded from the taste of food to enthusiasm.
These original words about food took on a wide range of meanings such as enthusiasm, relish, appetite, enjoyment, delight, glee, pleasure, satisfaction, appreciation, liking, zest, zeal, and fervor.