Be The Best.

Shot in the Dark

In the last few years, we’ve been getting a bit more into wine and learning about this art that has been around for thousands of years.  There are few things better than a wine tour of the South Okanagan with friends and picnic baskets in hand looking out over vast vineyards, hills and lakes.  Conversation, wine, gluten free crackers….perfect!

A Shiraz or Sirah is a red wine made quite popular by the good folks in Australia.  I found a Petite Sirah called Shot in the Dark.

Interesting name.  When I read the back label, it got more interesting.

I’ve often said you can learn things from anyone or anything.  Why should a wine bottle be any different!

Here’s what it said.

Life has its ups and downs.

It can be both brutal and beautiful.

You can hole yourself away to avoid life’s pain, but then the beauty seldom finds it’s way in.

It’s only when you attempt to go where you cannot go, or do what you cannot do, that you can achieve what you are truly capable of doing.

Sure, you might tumble.  You might fall.  So what?

Take a chance.  Go way out on the limb.  Dare to try – even if it’s just a shot in the dark.

I love that line, You can hole yourself away to avoid life’s pain, but then the beauty seldom finds it’s way in.

Living through our pain and still participating in events…like getting a Christmas tree…is a good example of this.

Anyhow, given this insight from the wine bottle, I may have to plan other trip to the South Okanagan…or maybe Australia…for research and learning purposes of course.

Be The Best!

By Randy Friesen

Randy Friesen is a business strategist, manager and educator based in Vancouver, BC and Detroit, Michigan. He is also a husband and father. He loves the creative process and is active in creating art and music.

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