Many people like homegrown veggies (vegetables) better than store bought. Me, I like to tell tales about then, rather than eat them (unless I’m really hungry).



Onions make your eyes water when you are cutting them to use them in salads, soups and ‘stuff’. So how could an onion be happy unless it was sadistic or didn’t realize what it was causing. (I mean, who could blame it when people actually ate them after slicing, dicing and chopping them up?)

THIS little onion, had a different outlook. It knew it was a veggie. Veggies are grown for one purpose – to be eaten. If it didn’t grow well, it would be left to die, or worse, thrown on the garbage pile. Useless. Abandoned. Discarded. Garbage.

Many people go through a similar process. They are born, start growing up and then suffer in a manner like the little onion.

Useless. Abandoned. Discarded. Garbage. At least that’s the way they feel, because that’s the way they are treated. If only they understood, like the little onion, no matter how they are treated, they serve a purpose and fulfill part of a plan. The mistreated don’t ask for it and honestly could soundly object and reject that treatment.

But, the onion found purpose in service. Why was it here? To meet a need. Did it accomplish its task? Yes. Through sacrifice.

So it learned a valuable, life changing lesson – if it gave itself to serve, then others were provided for and its purpose was fulfilled.

Why are we here? What is our purpose? If, in the midst of struggle and pain, you find out your purpose, you too can be happy. Not necessarily hilarious happy, but something more valuable, contentment happiness. There is nothing so strong and satisfying as contentment in spite of trouble. If we could learn this, we would be far more effective in living a life with true purpose.

This brings TRUE happiness.



When you look at a raspberry, you don’t see why they are named ‘raspy’. You have to look closer to see the ‘rasps’. They are small, hair like things that stick out all over the berry. I’m not going to tell you why they are there or what their purpose is, I just mention them because that’s where their name comes from.

Therefore, my title for this story starts in redundancy – raspberries are all ready ‘raspy’ by nature.

Have you ever come across a ‘raspy’ person? You will know them because you touch their feelings even without touching them. Sometimes this is bad, sometimes good, and sometimes ‘blah’ (if you know what I mean).

When it is bad, the people take offense, are hurt or they fight back at the presumed affront. When it is ‘blah’, there is little or no reaction. But when it is good, it is usually very good.

The difference is in how you ‘taste’. Raspberries are sweet to the taste. Some people are the same. But we ALL have the potential within us to be any or all of the three, just as Raspberries have these three elements:

  • ‘hairs’ which react before the berry is touched
  • sweetness contained in the flavor sacks the berry is made up of
  • seeds which can irritate, ‘crunch’ unpleasantly, or even bring pain if bitten on in the wrong way

So, my question brings us to some self-examination. Which raspberry attribute do you portray most?

Hopefully you will bring sweetness into the mix, rather than the other two possibilities.

If you got something from these “veggie tales”, let me know. I might even have a few more. Just think about turnips, carrots and peas. And then we could look at fruit. BE…



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