The Beauty of The Imperfect

There is a Jewish tradition to buy for the holidays (Jewish holiday of Sukkot) the 7 species of Israel. One of these species is citron that is a type of a lemon.

In order to be qualified for selling, the citron has to be perfect, and I mean flawless and impeccable.  The buyer checks the citron so carefully as if he’s buying a diamond ring to his fiancée.  To protect it from harm, it is wrapped in a silky flax fiber and stored in a special box like a breakable china doll.

 Along with the perfect citrons, growing on the tree mutant citrons, that don’t look like a lemon rather they look like a weird squid.

 These mutants are being ignored and tossed away because they are not perfect.

But as you can see in the pictures below, there is no such thing as ugly or imperfect, Mother Nature creates only beautiful and unique things.

citron flower decor

I took these pictures at a table décor workshop I participated the other day, and the lady who demonstrated, showed us amazing center pieces designs using the mutant citrons.

citron floral arrangement

 I was impressed by her creativity, and it made me think, how easy is to focus on the perfect ones and toss away the different and flawed.  It takes imagination to see beauty in things that are unique and different.

Just take a look and see how beautiful the citrons are in these floral arrangements, they look like a special coral or exotic fruit. They add something new to this world by being different.

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