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Our life is like that of a pole bean...

Updated on February 6, 2016

How would you describe the goals of life?

A characterizing of life in a nutshell.
A characterizing of life in a nutshell. | Source

"Life is like that of a pole bean, we aspire upward, but still produce beans along the way."

I created what I call "chopstick beanpoles."

Each year I plant pole beans around the bottom and water them. Each year most of them germinate and start their climbs up the chopstick beanpoles to the very top, and if the very top were still higher they apparently would climb there, too.

Not content to just reach the top, the climbing bean vines put out their blossoms along the way, and well short of reaching the top the vines have string beans which are ready to pick and eat. If we leave some on the vines to dry in the late summer, they are ready to plant the following year.

Human life is like that. We can't wait until we reach our full potential before we start to be productive. Life doesn't wait for us. We climb with the support of others, yes, but if the support is not there, we are still expected to be productive with what we have for skills, education, energies , and opportunities. Lacking support and opportunities, we are expected to support ourselves and find our own opportunities.

Yes, "Life is like that of a pole bean, we aspire upward, but still produce along the way."

One of the 2015 "Chopstick Bean Poles"
One of the 2015 "Chopstick Bean Poles" | Source

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Gypsy Rose Lee: Write, write, right? You join the Greeks, Brits, French, Spaniards, Italians, and other Americans in being "cash strapped" so love the company you have. Get "the spirit of the bean" and climb out of it. Do as it does and drink a lot of water. The toxins will go away.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      April Reynolds: Glad I am that your day was "busy" and I helped with some enjoyment at the end of it. I hope the productive part of your busy day yesterday makes today easier and even more fulfilling.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. This pole bean's climb has become financially strapped at the moment. Looking for a way to continue shooting upward.

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      April Reynolds 5 years ago from Arizona

      What great insight Mr. P. I enjoyed this tidbit at the end of my busy, busy day. Thank you for sharing!

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      cynthtggt and writer20: Those vines seem to be determined to climb no matter what the obstacles might be. We do well to do the same.

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      cynthtggt 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Yes, well said, except one has to be ready to confront obstacles like weed killers, parasites, and people blocking the sun on purpose.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Wonderfully said, Voted up and beautiful.