I’ve been thinking a lot about symmetry lately. Maybe it’s all the ice-covered trees outside: they remind me of mirrors. For whatever reason, a common theme that I’m exploring in my writing is balance and reflection.
Those themes showed up in my smoothie bowl this morning. I was going to throw some kiwi in the middle of the bowl and call it a day. But then, I ended up putting blueberries, almonds and chia seeds in a similar pattern on either side of the kiwi.
Without getting too touchy feely, I think that it’s a good time of the year for figurative reflection. I know people who are into very physical New Year’s resolutions, like getting in shape. I think that’s great. I’m all for hitting the gym more, eating better and finding a healthy balance.
But sometimes, the real work comes from taking a look at what’s going on below the surface. It’s not always easy to do, but it can yield some positive results.
I used to hate going to religious services when I was younger, but I’ll never forget what the rabbi said during one sermon. “Life is about striking a balance between what you can control and what you can’t control,” she said, demonstrating with her hands. “Without it, everything falls apart.”
That lesson has stayed with me. Whenever I find myself at a crossroads, I try to remember what she said about balance. Like the time I accidentally backed into a trash dumpster with my car. I couldn’t control it, but I had to deal with it.
Or, on a deeper level, all the times I’ve had to move to a new city and I was worried about finding my way. I’ve learned that at the beginning, it’s important to take things a day at a time. Nothing is more daunting than the thought of the unknown.
Anyway. You should make this smoothie bowl soon, whether you’re on a quest for balance or not. Also, you should probably play this song. It goes well with the smoothie.
Symmetrical Smoothie Bowl (from me, to you)
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup blackberries
1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
kiwi slices, sliced almonds and chia seeds for topping
Blend the banana, berries, almond milk and Greek yogurt in a blender on high until smooth. Top with the kiwi, sliced almonds and chia seeds. Enjoy!