Each summer I venture to my little piece of heaven: a log cabin just east of Thunder Bay, Ontario, called Pearl. Pearl is known for its abundance of blueberries. In its hey day, Pearl was a haven for those who loved to fish and hunt, and it also served as a water fuelling station for the steam engines. Water for the engines was accessed through a "pipeline".
The Pearl station has long since disappeared, as well as the steam engines, but the trail created by the pipeline remains. Thank goodness for the pipeline as it provides access to an amazing blueberry patch. My sisters and their families always want to visit the blueberry patch during their visits to Pearl. This summer I couldn't help but recognize how the blueberry patch appeared to be a metaphor for some of life's lessons:
1. The largest, most luscious berries aren't readily discovered at first glance. One needs to slow down, learn where to look, and be patient.
2. In many cases, the best berries are found beside trees and bushes where they receive shade, moisture and extra nourishment. They flourish with help from their "friends" in the forest.
3. The blueberry patch provides a "thinking" sanctuary away from noise, distraction and everyday surroundings. The vastness and beauty of the forest tends to minimize one's problems.
4. Not all the berries ripen at the same time. There is opportunity and abundance for all - natural "timing".
5. When the berry is ready to be picked, it falls into your hands effortlessly - sweet and warm.
6. The work and effort you've expended is returned in spades by the smiles, love, appreciation of your family and friends. Priceless!
The simple pleasures are often the most treasured and tend to be held nearest and dearest to our heart no matter what our age.
What and where is the “blueberry patch” in your life? Where is your sanctuary?
Along with learning lessons from exploring the great outdoors, meditation is another way that I keep myself grounded. It's a powerful and positive tool that I use to help me reach my personal goals. Give it a try!