A while ago I came across this quote. I liked it so much that I tucked it away in my “keep” folder. Recently I took it out. There's been days when I needed its reminder.
“What I want is to open up. I want to know what’s inside me. I want everybody to open up. I’m like an imbecile with a can-opener in his hand, wondering where to begin – to open up the earth. I know that underneath the mess everything is marvelous. I’m sure of it.” Henry Miller
Underneath, I look at rose petals fall like confetti against the soft brown earth. Underneath, I see white clouds against a slate blue backdrop. Underneath, I imagine I’m smelling heaven when I walk out in the yard. I see the lilacs blooming.
Even on the hardest days, the beauty of the world can pull me back, back to a place where my senses honor the magnificent.
Underneath the mess everything is marvelous. I’m sure of it.
Appreciating beauty allows me to feel grateful. It is something that I have always done and I’m still able to do. It makes me aware of all that I am blessed with, and allows me to feel connected to something larger than myself. The wind blowing tall grass, the color of the sky before a storm, the soft earth on the forest floor, the smell of pomelo flowers blooming in the night air. It reassures me that indeed, underneath the mess, everything is marvelous.
It sneaks up on me like a gentle surprise or an unexpected gift from a stranger. It reminds me that miracles happen, trees bloom and the beauty in the world has the ability to once again, pull me back. For me, it’s the most powerful type of medicine.
pomelo's taste good, too
The fragrant citrus fruit is good to eat, too. We use it in salad with shrimp, cucumbers, shallots and red peppers. The pomelo, basil and gin cocktail isn't too bad either. Here's my recipe:
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