So what do YOU see? Something prostrate in front of you. Maybe some sort of bird. To the left might be a leg and claw. Yes, there is a duck's head or is it a seagull's? If you look really hard and then relax a little, you might just see a fallen angel. For what you see in front of you is a piece of the Tree of Life. In essence it is everything, all creatures great and small.
"Life has always seemed to me like a plant that lives on it rhizome. Its true life is invisible, hidden in the rhizome. The part that appears above the ground lasts only a single summer. Then it withers away – an ephemeral apparition. When we think of the unending growth and decay of life and civilizations, we cannot escape the impression of absolute nullity. Yet I have never lost a sense of something that lives and endures underneath the eternal flux. What we see is the blossom, which passes. The rhizome remains." Carl Jung
It is strawberry time and here is its secret message: humanity is still sufficiently diverse in its genes so that what affects one adversely affects another conversely – it can be a powerful medicine promoting health and well being under specific circumstances.
On a humorous note, a strawberry reminds me of the pores on my nose... eaten in combination with yoghurt the pores are covered as I eat the strawberry and then I seek the flavour of the strawberry in the cream... I don't feel I want to taste it directly... and when I do I feel disappointed: it doesn't taste right... And there is a reverse side to this. I don't much like plain yoghurt. It doesn't taste right. I like its taste in combination with strawberry or apricot. This seems to be very specific - very specific to me and my state of being and the time of year. It is not something that attracts me at all in winter but rather in Spring and Summer. Hence, at certain times, I reach out, consume and am consumed by strawberries and cream so that I am part of the strawberry. My nose and the strawberry are as one. But I would not bite my nose off to spite my face – caution, moderation, the right balance of 'face' cream....
And when there is little fruit, what about strawberry leaf infusion? - a cool, healthy drink for most of us!