Years ago, a quarantine response for an export partner called out a certain set of actions. With those actions, there was supposed continued assured access to the markets of that export partner. The fruit of the ranch, with a certain set of field response, would continue to flow to the high return market.
While it may have allowed access to the packing house, the market itself was closed to the ranch's product. Not because of the pest pressure but because the visual quality of the fruit of the trees that are this ranch did not meet the standards of the buyers. This was for many reasons other than the pest.
It was a teaching in the farming learning system. The marketing organization made a pitch to have all growers maintain access to the packing house by saying that growers who did the pest response would continue to have access to the value added market. That was the public 'sell' for the pest response. In fact it just meant that the packing house could defray the cost of a packing pest response by having an acceptable quarantine response happen in the field ... so that there were no adjustments needed at the house level. Why add product cost in house when it an be taken care of pre-house.
A valuable lesson in Agricultural economics and widgets... One that has served well in farming.
The more I learn, the less I know. And, when that learning causes the collapse of a set of expectations, ... once the emphasis on the wrong syllable ... moves from painful recognition to funny joke, then it is a good thing.
The more I learn the less I know. When a crew is working on a plan, and the crew has different agendas for the various aspects, there are many ways to coordinate. When the ... crew coordinates with recognition of the agenda both for the larger plan and for each aspect of the collaborators' agendas... then, while it is a more complicated beginning, the 'where we are going' becomes clear and the re-adjustments of coordination along the way... can be less of a struggle.
The five rules of music apply... breath, posture, articulation, collaboration, and practice. The assumption that everyone already knows the form... ah, there may be some issues with the form. It makes me laugh ... the more I learn the less I know.
The more I learn the less I know.
When something comes easily, out of the blue, and moves with the ease of a partnership, forged from long ago and put away very carefully in expectant knowing that it, strong forged blade, might be needed again one day... comes then easily from the scabbard or easily from the hammer holster, or easily from the book shelf... that little set of knowing and relationship that comes ... out of the blue ... to remind that we are all connected. And in that connection, there are strong forged bonds.
A couple of years ago, a friend, not heard from in years, tapped a message of health, care and appreciation for acts shared from a long time ago. It was out of the blue. It ripped the cover off a set of memories, long put away in a closet, dark, locked and ... I thought forgotten.
The strength of the memory gave support to do a project that had been stalled for several months. The strength of the ... out of the blue ... outreach gave that little support piece to step out, step out and take the project by the horns and move it ... with the whole team, for we had all been stuck, to a new level. To the level where it wasn't stuck any more. The parts that were jammed up started to move. The clogs fell away. The whole thing, just for a few tapped words, out of the blue...
I was reminded... and am reminded that it, if I do believe that we are all connected, and I do, ... I have to also know that there is no, out of the blue. It is just the rise and ebb and fall of the harmony of all song lines. It was a moment of ringing in of one of the connections. Not before, not after, for I did chase after to try to hear the harmony again.
And there is the simple set of rules. Show up. Breath. Posture. Articulation. Collaboration. Practice. Repeat.
The gratitude of the gift to be allowed to show. After that, the practice of showing up in all aspects... that is the quid pro quo.