Shall I compare thee to a Brussels sprout?

I’m afraid it’s a fact of life that, just as not everyone likes Brussels sprouts, things won’t always go your way.

In fact there may be days when it all goes any which way but yours.

While it may seem as if an existence with no problems would be an utter blessing, (a) sorry, it’s not going to happen, and (b) there’s the distinct possibility that a totally predictable life could soon get boring anyway.


When a Brussels sprout seed is sown, it needs water, sunlight and nutrients from the soil if it’s to thrive.

Somewhat surprisingly, however, gardeners and cooks agree that the flavour of a sprout improves no end after the plant has endured a frost.

It’s as if it needs to come through adversity in order to reach its full potential.

Brussels sprouts sometimes get such bad press (completely unfairly in my view, but there you go) that it would seem the height of rudeness to compare you to one.

But perhaps it really is the case that when we overcome our problems, difficulties and challenges, we truly do become a better brassica.

4 thoughts on “Shall I compare thee to a Brussels sprout?

  1. Ode references, gardening and humour all in one post Jon! Thank you! That certainly gave me a gas!!
    I also like the message 🙂

  2. Your title alone made me laugh! You are so clever with words, Jon!
    Just been reading some Bob Dylan quotes. He too is good with language.
    I very much like your analogy about the Brussels sprout! In fact, I don’t think I shall now ever think of Brussels sprouts in the same day again!! Thanks, Jon.

  3. I like the argument that our lives would be super predictable and boring without adversity but too much frost damage the sprouts. Maybe there is some kind of balance we can hope for and be happy with that.

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