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Blueberry Picking and Personalities

The weather was perfect that day in Michigan. A slight, cool breeze filtered through the rows every so often, and the shady area we chose for our picking gave reprieve from the warm sun. The birds chirped all around in the nearby trees, and the blueberries we occasionally ate instead of dropping in our buckets were delightfully juicy and sweet. Being there beckoned you to slow down and soak the moment in. At least for Molly ;) To her, this was the perfect idea of a family activity. To Nick, it felt like a task had been set before him that couldn't actually be finished. "Pick ALL the blueberries you can, as fast as you can!" is what his brain told him. Molly's brain was content knowing she was being productive while also taking her time, enjoying the peacefulness of the outdoors. It was less about how many blueberries she could pick and more about enjoying the experience.

It's funny how differently our brains can work, but I'm also grateful for our differences. These are the same differences that enable Nick to dive in to a big project while Molly sits there starting off at nothing and wanting to go take a nap because it feels too overwhelming :) The saying "How do you eat an elephant?" only makes Molly question why would you eat an elephant in the first place. On the other hand, it's Nick's mantra for any big project set before him.

So what's your personality? Slow down and enjoy the experience of blueberry picking? Or pick as many blueberries you can as quickly as you can so you can finish the job? We'd love to hear from you :)


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