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Talking Beans … and Feeling a Whole Lot Better

Talking Beans … and Feeling a Whole Lot Better

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A Conversation with Myself and Beyond

It’s been a trying few weeks – well, it’s been more like a few months if I’m being honest. Each day is filled with highs and lows, but the lows have been in need of extra attention lately.

Today, it was beans that brought me out of my malaise.

Those Beans

A woman at the farmers market asked, “Has anyone tried these?” She was referring to yellow flat beans (also called Romano beans) which happen to be a favorite of mine. And that started our conversation.

Asking about green versus yellow helped her decide that she’d like to try both. This delightful woman was in a wheelchair, and it was clear that she’d need some help reaching to expand her color palette.

Unasked, I brought a handful of the green variety closer to her so she could make her selection and, when she was done, I returned those that remained back to their own section.

We said our goodbyes, both smiling warmly. I sure hope she enjoys them!

Reflecting on Feeling Better

It was my choice to respond to a question that opened the door to feeling better. Beans were simply the conduit – and tasty ones at that.

Learning about others, being of help, extending small acts of kindness – all consistently lift my spirits, and keep them lifted. I don’t seek them out, but opportunities come to me unbidden, as they come to us all.

It simply requires being open to respond with the intent of being intentionally honoring.

Moving Forward

There is a softness to the autumn air that I find both beautiful and calming. I have been enjoying the flutter of yellow leaves as they gently fall and accumulate.

A feeling of quiet surrounds me and fills me with peace. Experiencing both the spirit of autumn and the shared humanity with this oh-so-nice-woman has shifted the conversation I've been having with myself.

I feel more grounded, ready to walk forward and embrace whatever is next.

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Cathy Joseph is the author of the Random Conversations blog and is currently seeking representation for her book, The Art of Having a Delicious Conversation.

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2 thoughts on “Talking Beans … and Feeling a Whole Lot Better”

  1. The flutter of yellow leaves has been so beautiful and delightful that not until it passes do I think I should take my phone out and film a short video. I am looking forward to our next encounter

    1. Part of my joy of having people I know comment on my posts is that I have extra opportunities to be in touch with them! You were so in my thoughts at the farmers market a few days ago that I looked for you everywhere. Hopefully soon. Meanwhile, go take a beautiful video!

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