People are like Yucca plants

It’s fall here in northeast Ohio, so we’ve been getting the yard cleaned up for winter. Something new for me, but that’s a different post…

I’ve also been able to transplant some existing plants to create new flower beds and straighten up existing ones around the house. Even if you’re not the outdoorsy, landscape type you should try it. There’s a tremendous sense of accomplishment that comes with making your yard look better. Also it’s fun to watch your neighbors spring into action on their yards once you start, but again, that’s a different post…

No this post is about our Yucca plants and people. For those of you who are unfamiliar a Yucca is a pretty cool plant that can survive just about anywhere – from the desert to the cold northern climates of the U.S. It has long leaves that stay green in the winter and end in a deceptively sharp point. It flowers on a tall stalk that grows out of the middle of the leaves and produces very sweet smelling white, bell-shaped flowers that last quite awhile.

By now you’re probably wondering why I think people are like Yucca plants. They seemingly have nothing in common and of course I didn’t make the connection until I was laying down mulch around mine – Yucca plants, not people. I don’t think R.J. would let me surround him with fresh mulch.

As I mentioned before each leaf ends in a very sharp point, so if you reach in to pull weeds or leaves out of the plant they will jab you. And because the leaves are very strong there isn’t much give in them and the point jabs you even harder if you keep pushing. Now there’s a way to approach the leaves from the side where you can gently push the leaves aside with one hand and then reach in with the other and all the points are out of the way.

Can anyone guess where I’m going with this?

Everyone, and I mean everyone has sharp points, including me. So if you approach someone without consideration of those sharp points you’re apt to get jabbed, and it’s going to hurt. But if you take the time to look at the person, really observe and listen before you approach, you can easily figure out how to work around the sharp points, usually.

Just an observation. Some food for thought.

So maybe next time you have to communicate with someone at work who seems to be nothing but sharp points you take a minute to observe and listen – instead of just rushing in and getting jabbed…

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