On day 230 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I admired apples.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Or, at least that’s what my mother used to say. Clearly, it had an impact on me because apples are easily among my top five favorite fruits.
Apples were a snack staple of mine as a kid, and I probably ate one almost every day. McIntosh varieties are my absolute favorite; there’s something special about the tart, yet tangy flavor that I love.
Yesterday, while meandering through my own yard, I noticed that the apples were really starting to take shape. In years past, we haven’t had much of a harvest, but I suspect it had something to do with my less than desirable pruning techniques. Fortunately, after chatting with Sam Bullock, an experienced permaculture designer who lives on Orcas Island, I learned some tips that have obviously paid off–in the form of more apples.
It still amazes me that food can grow so easily in nature with very little human intervention. We sometimes believe we have to “tame” nature, or control it, but it seems to do pretty well on its own. In fact, I’m learning that the less I do to interfere, the more it seems to thrive.
My self-care practice for the day was simple: to admire the beautiful apples that were taking shape in front of me. We take little miracles like this for granted almost every day.
But not today.