Show Me Your Pineapple

The pineapple is quite intriguing, an appetising and nutrient-loaded fruit. In every way, the pineapple is unique – from its rugged pine skin to its ‘crown’ and its delicious ‘flesh’. Food experts call it the most nutritious fruit in the world. It is described as “… a composite of many flowers whose individual fruitlets fuse together around a central core. Each fruitlet can be identified by an “eye,” the rough spiny marking on the pineapple’s surface.” It has “a scaly green, brown or yellow skin and a regal crown of spiny, blue-green leaves and fibrous yellow flesh…”

Now, you get the picture. To eat the ‘flesh’ of this interesting fruit, you have some equally interesting work to do just like achieving great results in life requires great work. Wikipedia’s presents this apt description: “…Pineapples can be consumed fresh, cooked, juiced, or preserved. They are found in a wide array of cuisines. In addition to consumption, the pineapple leaves are used to produce the textile fibre in the Philippines… The fibre is also used as a component for wallpaper and other furnishings.” In Nigeria, the skin is boiled for medicinal use. So, pineapples provide more than food.

Indeed, there is much to learn about life and productivity from the pineapple. It takes deliberate, calculated effort to prepare and eat a pineapple. It has to be brought from the farm or garden, washed, ‘skinned’ and cut into pieces before it is eaten. To do otherwise would not only look unreasonable, eating unprepared pineapple would lead to mouth sores and diseases. If you need the bye-products, you have to work on the leaves or skin, as the case may be.

This principle applies, in much the same way, to how we decide (or someone decides for us), prepare, pray and put consistent effort, time and other resources to attain success, employing our education, talents and skills. The amount and quality we put into each of these determines our ultimate success.

Yes, the pineapple reminds us that good success cannot be achieved by mere wishful thinking or day dreaming. Good success in business and career requires informed environmental scanning, identification of the direction to go, planning how to go about it with regard to needed effort and resources, diligently following the plan, evaluation of outcomes and making relevant adjustments as may be required.

When the pineapple is well washed, prepared and served, it is not only a pleasant sight to behold, it is also a delicious, nutritious meal or part of a meal. The skill and care employed to prepare and serve the pineapple or its bye-products always shows. That is also true of what we make of our knowledge, skills and talents. So, please, show me your pineapple; show me your good success. In life, outside of divine enablement, we all need balance application of knowledge, skills and talents.

Your knowledge, skills and talents is like the farm-fresh pineapple. How you work it determines how you enjoy it. So, show me your ‘pineapple’.


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