Stories from my Garden
Picking Green Beans can teach you a lot about PERSPECTIVE
I was harvesting green beans from my 30+ small bush bean plants. Things were going along very well. I was involved in my usual garden tap dance, getting into a comfortable seated position on my rolling garden cart so that I can "roll" along the long row of beans, and pluck each slender, emerald beauty as I go. This keeps me from having to stand and bend over each plant, saving my aching back.
About half way down the row I was harvesting, I stood up to stretch my legs. That's when I noticed them...perfectly ripe beans I'd missed on the back side of the plant in front of me. I hadn't seen them from my seated position on the cart.
"Oh shoot" I thought, and looked down the row I'd been working on. Although I had made a point of moving the leaves around, purposefully looking for all the crisp, tender, spears. I could see that I'd missed several ripe beans on the back sides of most of the plants I'd already passed.
"Huh" I thought and walked back to the beginning of the row and [grudgingly] bent over each plant and began picking the ones I'd missed. I chuckled "Best laid plans..." I thought.
As I moved along the row it occurred to me, I had to change my PERSPECTIVE to see the beans I'd missed. Even though it was easier to sit and roll along in my cart, I realized that by changing my PERSPECTIVE I would increase my harvest.