In the midst of the orange grove grew an orange tree. Its seed and ground spoke about the beauty of oranges and its farmer was known to grow a beautiful harvest. The farmer cared for every tree in the usual method but this one young tree did not look like the others. It tried to grow and assimilate, yet it dreamed of fields outside its own. One afternoon, the farmer saw its sad disposition asked,
“Why are you so down? Don’t you like being an orange tree?”
“I’m bound by my roots to only produce a single fruit.” The tree responded.
“You can grow any fruit you’d like if it makes you happy.”
The tree perked up and suggested several fruits to add to his own harvest. The farmer listened to every idea and worked with the tree to produce whatever it could. The orange trees surrounding it continued to remind him of his roots but the young tree believed and loved so many other fruits he kept dreaming. Every month the farmer cared for the tree as it was a different kind of tree, it gave it more sun, more water, more heat, it tied a few branches and followed tips for growing other crops. Harvest season approached and the orange grove looked more fruitful than the year before, except for a single tree. In the midst of the grove, there was a tree with oranges, avocados, limes, apples, pears and even bananas. His best were the oranges but the others were showing great promise. Year after year the tree improved each fruit and soon the other trees began to dream of other fruit they too could grow.
Author’s note: Are you bound by your roots or by producing a single fruit? What talents/dreams have gone unexplored? Could you be more than one person excelling at one thing? Or would too many interests lead to mediocre results?