Perfection is a state of mind and where creativity rules, orderliness has a tendency to run amok.
Finding beauty in the less than perfect is an art you won’t find taught in any conventional setting. The ability to appreciate the less than desirable comes from humbleness, humility and the awareness of nature.
Apples set sail by winds, produce bumps and bruises, sometimes with a few organic worms inside – but when you look beyond the brown spots, the flavor is unlike any Red Delicious bred for long shelf life. The precious flavors are meant to be preserved in jams and compotes or eaten on the spot, to savor the flavor in the moment when they are ripe.
Watermelons seem to be growing in size, decade after decade, watered until they just can’t take it any more. Slow growth is what we need, nutrient dense food. When beauty is found on the outside, be aware of potential floury-ness inside. Consider some values for a moment: size, locally grown, sustainably harvested, organic… A little beauty never hurts, but usually what matters most, comes from within.
In mid-August our grass is dry as hay while many lawns and golf courses are being kept artificially green. Low input vs. high water output. The hay is used to cover our compost and for our three year old to create art with. Nests in shoes.
Nature comes in all shapes and colors, with all sorts of flavors and stages of freshness and decomposition. Right now tiny patches of plaster are falling off the house and the garden looks like a desert.
Just remember that life is in progress! The dishes are never done, the clothes never fully mended and the bike tire is still flat.
Life isn’t picture perfect, but it is no less than wonderful!
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