The Watermelon

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. You may think that you know a lot about yourself. You may know where you were born and where you grew up. You may know who your family is and where they were born too. But what do you really know? Is what you know as important as what you don’t know?

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Yes. Call me a deep thinker. But you don’t have to dig deep to find a watermelon.

Watermelons grow on top of the ground. They have vines and like to climb. But what the vines produce are heavy. So they like resting on the ground.

I know that watermelons are sweet. And juicy. Some have lots of seeds. Some don’t have seeds at all.

There are many different kinds of watermelons in all colors and shapes.

But one of the things I didn’t know, and there aren’t many of those things, is that a watermelon is technically both a vegetable and a fruit!

It is a fruit because it grows from a seed, it has a sweet flavor and refreshing qualities. It is a vegetable because it is harvested and cleared from the field like other vegetables and because it is a member of the same family as the cucumbers, pumpkin and squash.

I can only imagine how many watermelons grew up thinking that they knew everything about themselves.

And then they found out that they weren’t the label they thought they were. And I wondered if this made them feel different about themselves.

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We all want to identify. We want to feel included and proud. But what happens when you find out you aren’t the labels you put on yourself?

We all want to be special, and often, we put value on things that we shouldn’t. The variety that makes up our world is beautiful. And we are all varieties. There is no one exactly like us. Not even ones in our family.

When we only identify with one label or place or color, we take away what we can truly be because we aren’t concentrated on who we really are as an individual.

If a watermelon is put in a salad, it’s still a watermelon. If a watermelon had salt sprinkled on it, it’s still a watermelon. If a watermelon has sugar put on it, it’s still a watermelon. And that’s a good thing.

Don’t let labels change you. Let your own value come thru.

No matter what someone tells you that you are. The sweetest love should be the love we have for ourselves.

Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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U-Pick

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. Today is the day. It is not yesterday. It’s not tomorrow. It is today. And you have a decision. You have a few decisions.

You actually have a lot of decisions. And they start the moment you wake up.

Can you imagine if all the thoughts that swim around in our heads were said out loud? Yes. It would be a mess. A noisy mess. In fact, probably not much would make sense.

If the thoughts in my head were said out loud, you would hear that I was hungry. You would hear that I wonder if pants will ever be in my closet. You would hear that I’m concerned about that toad who keeps getting under my bed outside. I wonder if he wears pants. Or has a closet. Or if he dreams about what he’s going to eat for breakfast. And I wonder if he would be offended if I offered him a bite of my “toad in a hole”.

Yes. You can see that I think about a lot. So much in fact that there is never a quiet time in this head of mine. My thoughts seem to even duel with themselves.

And if my head is like that, I can only imagine how your thoughts sound. And I can almost guarantee that you may not want to hear this. You need to take some time to just be. And to pick out just one of those thoughts and ask yourself what your motivation is. Let me explain.

Have you ever wanted to help someone? Why did you want to help them? I thought about that one thought in my head. Why do people help others? I was thinking about a thought…genius. And they call Sheriff Brickle the smart one.

Right now, everyone is stressed out for different reasons. And it’s hard to know who is genuinely trying to help and who is only out to help themselves benefit from a tragedy. And the ones doing this may not even realize it themselves.

Maybe because they don’t stop to think about their thoughts, they just go thru the motions without picking a motivation for those motions.

Are they helping someone to make themselves look good to others? To make business connections? How much do those connections matter?

Really. What is your motivation for the motions? If you stop to think about your thoughts, you may be surprised at your answers. Are you ok with your answers?

We have a lot of choices and decisions in life.

But doing the right things for others means more when we do it for the right reasons. If we don’t like what or who we are, or the things we do, it’s up to us to pick another reason. To be honest with ourselves.

We can all be better. Even me! That’s why I eat so much maple syrup…to get sweeter. But if I had my pick, it would be for everyone to take just one thought today and make sure you are who you want to be.

And if you get the wrong answer, that’s ok! Because then, you can pick out what you don’t like about yourself and change it!

U-pick!

Deputy Digby Pancake

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