Na hallo fruende! Another wonderful week and I must say that it has been very healthy. You see, I just had another rendezvous with food and guess what? It had so much more to say!
Every time I have a brush with food, I believe it to be the last of our ‘chance meetings,’ and as you can already guess, I am endlessly proven wrong.
This week, it all began with the freshest of herbs the bosom of earth could provide: watercress, basil and of course, curled endive.
I’m stunned by the excellency of those tender leaves and supple stems rising from absolute nothingness into a realm of fierce competition. Risks are worth taking, and who better to tell you than the epitome of viridity, such tender plants fighting the weight of the earth to see the first of the golden clouds? How satisfied would they be when they finally wander into their eternal slumbers. You see, death is inevitable, but what you make out of your lives is all that matters. You aren’t born to have nine lives of a cat, so all I can say is take risks. You’ll either succeed or you’ll fail, but you’ll take back with you something far more precious than what what you got from living that life inside a bubble. A plant surely knows that what lies above is disheartening, even painful, but it does not mean it won’t try to rise to see what lies beyond the myriad faces of hardships on earth.
Hardships turn a plant on and like anything that goes down, it shall rise.
This however is just halfway of what I’ve learned from food this week.
With the perfectly pink beet, white onions and Yukon gold potatoes, there’s another perspective to what I learned from the herbs.
You see, not all individuals react in a similar way to situations. There are those who’ll take what comes and rise. They’ll risk everything to see the light of day, and they’ll succeed, someday if not today. They’ll fail, today, but never after that. However, there’s also those that cannot find a way out as fast as they want to. Some of these will perish poorly, but others? They’ll not. They’ll strive and take and build, and one day when they finally get to rise, it’s amazing how they not only have access to the sun above, but also to the experience down below.
The most difficult part of this will be accepting that you do not have a choice among rising quick or learning slow. That is fairly subjective. However, you sure have a choice between accepting the hardships or perishing under them. Everybody has a very large share of hardships, so what matters is not how large the shares of your problems are, but instead, how you choose to face them, becuase that is what life is: sometimes we rise, sometimes we learn and when life gives you the dirt, you make a perfect German potato salad! I didn’t intend for this food story to be so specifically heavy, but I’m happy with what comes out today, because life is also about living on the impulse and embracing serendipity. Believe me when I say that food is too.