This morning I was grumping. I was grumping because we have a palm tree on the path that leads to the main entrance of the school and it is making a mess. There are purple berries everywhere and as the students walk down the path they stomp on these purple berries and then track them into the school. I was grumping because the gardeners are not sweeping the berries aside, and I was grumping because our poor custodians are going to bear the brunt of the realities of floors stained with deep purple juice.
As I cursed the berries falling from these palm trees (of course, not in the presence of the children) I began to wonder what they were. So I took a photo of the tree (above) and of the berries (below).
I consulted my favorite research tool – professor Google – and learned that the berries appear to be Acai berries. These berries have recently been touted as having an amazing amount of healing qualities and apparently is used for weight loss due to its qualities that cause loss of appetite (I am glad our students are not eating them!)
It is interesting how I viewed these burdensome berries in a different light when I realized that they have properties that are sought after….. and it make me think of the students at our school and many individuals in our lives. How often do we get a negative first impression only to later be proven wrong? How often are we frustrated by a circumstance, only to find that when we have more information we also are armed with an ability to extend more patience?
I still find the Acai berries to be a burden, but I do have a new respect for them. I realize that they are not burdensome for everyone and in some places they are grown and harvested. Here, at our school, they do make a mess, but in many parts of the world they are considered quite valuable. It always helps to gain perspective. Thank you professor Google!!!
Today, 106 days ’til 40, I am thankful for the ability to gain more information and understanding – what a gift!