What Picking Blackberries Can Teach Us About Life

Melissa and I went blackberry picking today.

As we negotiated thorns & stinging nettle

thistles & insects

I got to thinking about how what we were doing was a metaphor for life: We went out to look for something sweet & nourishing

something that would make us feel good & fill us with joy.

The process of getting to it wasn’t easy

we got stung & pricked & dirty.

We hollered & yelped.

We revised our strategies.

We used the tools we had

and improvised a few along the way.

We joked about paying our dues...

The point is

although it was challenging

and messy

and painful

we didn’t give up.