place: lent in pictures day 9

slicing citrus


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I’ve been searching for an image that captures “place,” that sums up the ground I inhabit. But in the end, it’s just the ordinary moments that make up a place. There’s no single symbol that represents my home or my workspace. And today I happened to be making up a salad of pomelos and cara caras and almonds, so that was, for that moment, my place.

This pile of citrus rinds reminds me of something Michael Pollan said when we heard him speak in Kalamazoo: “When chopping onions, just chop onions.” It’s a reminder to us incorrigible multi-taskers to STOP. MULTI-TASKING. Just one thing! Don’t chop the onions while heating the oil while thawing the broth while washing last meal’s dishes. Just chop onions.

Be here. Do what you are doing. Yes, there are a thousand other tasks. But really, they can wait.

Chopping onions—and only chopping onions—means that those onions will be much better than they would be if only a sixth of your attention was given to them. Presence in a place, attention to a task, means richer results.

So just chop onions.

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This post is part of a Lent Photo-a-Day series, connected to Rethink Church. The rest are here. The salad was two pomelos and two cara cara oranges, peeled and sliced into segments, tossed with chopped and roasted almonds, and dressed with olive oil and Fustini’s raspberry balsamic vinegar.


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