Going Bananas, for it is in Giving that we Receive

  • The banana plant is a herb that is related to the Orchid family
  • What you see in the photograph are two bunches of bananas — all the bananas on one stalk is a bunch.
  • When you say, I bought a bunch of bananas from the fruit shop, what you actually bought is a ‘hand’ of bananas. Each hand can have 4 to 15 bananas — mine have 13 to 14 bananas in a hand.
  • An individual banana is called a ‘finger’. Try saying to an unsuspecting person, ‘I just ate a finger of a hand……….. of bananas’.
  • Banana plants like company, they do not do well if planted on its own. So grow them in a cluster.
  • Whose need was it? Was it mine in that I felt good that I was giving to others some of the fruit of the land? Did the recipients have a need for the bananas? For, after all they could afford to buy a banana or two if that was all that was required to make a dish.
  • What was happening to the bananas I gave them? Were they re-distributing them? Were the bananas left to rot? Were they cooking them in a variety of ways, challenging their culinary skills?
  • The mind-set and intention of giving is important. I gave the bananas joyfully and not with the intention of getting rid of something I did not want or with the ulterior motive of getting into the good books of someone so that they will be of help to me when in need. The intention should also be one of gratitude that I have bounty to share with others.
  • I could share with those who have a genuine need — someone who could make a meal for a hungry family or possibly give the bulk to an orphanage or an old age home.
  • I also learnt that I should ‘give and forget’ about what the recipients do with the gift, for it is now theirs.

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Phyllis Farias

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Educational Consultant with 2 passions in life: the Child — from toddler to adolescent, and Education — education philosophy and psychology

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