This morning, I’ve been thinking a little about bittersweet – the concept. I think we tend to focus on the ‘bitter’ part.
In my part of the world, we are very obsessed with everything being sweet. Huh. We’re also obsessed with being bitter. This post is going odd places.
What I mean is:
1. We like our food sweet, sweet, so sweet. In general, we don’t have a cultural taste for bitter foods nearly so much as sweet.
2. We run as fast as we can from things that make us uncomfortable. We avoid those feelings like the plague.
But on the other hand,
3. We are obsessed with being bitter – think sarcasm, snark, and irony.
Hmm…well, sarcasm, snark, and irony are protective measures we take to attempt to shield our tender hearts. So maybe it all makes sense after all.
How can we develop a greater appreciation for the bittersweet – that which is both bitter and sweet? Sometimes love is tinged with sadness. Sometimes sadness is tinged with thankfulness. Sometimes we can be grateful for what we learn from failure. So many examples… Perhaps there is value in accepting and appreciating this intermingling.
Nutritionally, I understand that we would do well to eat more bitters. I wonder if it could help us spiritually, as well.