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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.