With the tune of Morning Has Broken echoing in my mind, I ventured out into my neighborhood this morning for a little quiet time in the blackberry bushes. It doesn’t get any more local than that. The leaves glistened with dew, the quails warbled their hellos, and the sun held dominion over all. It dawned on me (pun intended), some life lessons that can be gleaned from the techniques and tactics of berry picking. The quotes are from my favorite author Paulo Coehlo, his booked entitled “Warrior of Light.”
– Wear protective covering of long pants, long sleeves, closed-toe shoes, and latex gloves. Those thorny vines love to guard their fruits and will inflict severe lashings on your delicate skin if you’re not careful. Suit up when going into prickly situations. “The path involves respect for all small and subtle things.”
– Survey the bush to identify the ripe ones. Some are harder to reach and you just won’t be able to get them without a painful and sure-to-be-calamitous fall in the thorns. Look behind some leaves and along the ground for those low-hanging fruits. Expectations don’t always have to be set high. Sometimes the good stuff is just around the corner and below our radar. “The signs — sometimes imperceptible, at others very clear — are all around us. But they require careful interpretation if they are to be transformed into a road map.”
– Once you find a ripe one, all it takes is a gentle tug and twist to free it away. The riper they are, the easier they loosen. Just don’t squish them lest you want your hands to look like a murder scene. Timing is everything in life. If you pay attention, know when to make a move and when to wait, you’ll achieve sweet rewards. “The warrior of light must perservere in his desire, but knows he must wait for the best moment.”
Now that you’ve survived Battle Blackberry, here are some yummy recipes to use your harvest. They’re berry delicious!