I frequently note that Life (that precarious process which we see daily around us) is both messy and beautiful.
In my work this is illustrated to me regularly.
Seth Godin writes beautifully on that today, in a blogpost entitled Our Crystal Palace.
Julie Borowski hilariously points out the ridiculousness of the TSA in a very similar vein when she is molested by them and makes a beautiful statement about something very horribly messy.
In our tendency to want to get through the messy, we somehow lose sight of the beautiful, and quite frequently pass on the possibility to effect some meaningful change in our lives, and that of those around us.
Life is both those things: messy and beautiful. We all might do well to appreciate the former, in spite of it getting a bit sticky and embarrassing at times.