Low Hanging Fruit

Picture: S. Blake

Picture: S. Blake

Earl was an elephant.  He loved the fruit from the trees! He would spend much of his time looking for and reaching up to get the best fruit he could see.  But there were fruits that were too high for Earl to reach.

Earl would watch the monkeys screaming and playing in the trees.  They would eat the fruits that were high up in the trees. Earl wished his trunk was long enough to reach those fruits, but it was only long enough to reach the low hanging fruits. Earl would eat those low hanging fruits, but in his heart he longed for the fruits up high in the tree.  They looked bigger and more colorful, and he could imagine the sweet, sweet taste that was just out of his reach.

One day, Earl called to the monkeys, “Hey! I want some fruit! Can you drop one to me please?”

Mindi the monkey replied, “Why? You have fruit right in front of you. Just reach up and grab it!”

Earl shouted back, “But I want the high fruit! I’m sure it tastes much better than the fruit I can reach!”

Mindi shrugged her shoulders and said, “Okay Earl. Here you go!” And she dropped a fruit to Earl.

Finally! Earl had what he had longed for! He looked at the fruit and thought of all the times he ate that low hanging fruit while dreaming of the high fruit! Now he was going to taste the good fruit and finally see what he had been missing out on.

He took a bite and the fruit hit his tongue. He closed his eyes and tasted the sweetness. He chewed and ate the fruit.

Earl was confused. “This fruit isn’t any sweeter than the fruit I’ve been eating! I was so sure it would be better, but it’s exactly the same!”

Mindi climbed down the tree and looked at Earl. “I was wondering why you so wanted the high fruit!”

Earl asked, “Why do you eat the high fruit Mindi? Why do you climb so high to get them when there are fruits that are low?”

Mindi replied, “The high fruit is easiest for me to get, because I live high in the trees. Why would I travel so far to get the low hanging fruit when I can simply reach out and eat the fruit that is within my reach?”

Earl thought about all the time he had wasted dreaming of the high fruit and not enjoying the fruit he had right within the reach of his trunk!

“Never again will I long for something without enjoying what I have. I will dream, but not at the cost of the moment. I’m going to enjoy the fruit I can eat – the low hanging fruit – and truly savor what I have within the reach of my own trunk!”

In your life, what are you dreaming of? Dreams are great, but if you are only able to see the dream, what are you doing with the moment – with right now? Don’t spend your life running so fast toward your goal that you pass by the life you have now. Sometimes the greatest joy can come from the low hanging fruit, so look for that first – and enjoy it – and keep reaching high for the stars as you do! If you are a steward with what you have, more will surely follow!

‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.’ (Matthew 25:21 NIV)

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