The other day I volunteered to do something I hadn’t done at the orchard, at least as a job, picking apples.
It was an experience I took as an opportunity to prove I could keep the common touch. I picked apples with the Hispanic migrant labor, many of whom I had worked with before in previous years when I did odd job labor there. I wore something akin to a canvas bag strapped to my chest with a release on the bottom to put apples in the bins.
Because of the language barrier I didn’t talk much with my fellow pickers. That time was spent in the fashion of many jobs that require little presence of mind: thinking of other things.
I spent my thoughts in reflection on past events, clever phrases, and eventually, meditation.
As a boy I watched the Disney legends series, one of those stories was on John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed. He had a song that I remembered while I picked those apples.
Oh, the Lord is good to me,
And so I thank the Lord
For giving me the things I need
The sun, and the rain, and the apple seed.
The Lord is good to me.
No matter what task we’re doing, shouldn’t we do it with a song in our hearts? Whether it’s picking apples, planting a field, or filing papers, be thankful for the work, and do it with a song and a smile.