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I was chopping green beans the other day when I suddenly remembered KITCHEN SHEARS! Growing up, my mom never had scissors/kitchen shears in the kitchen, but my boyfriend Hanbit regularly cuts our food prep time in half by taking kitchen shears to almost everything! They’re great for chopping up bok choy or kale or big late-summer salad greens.
I love watching Hanbit go at it and shear everything up with wild artistic abandon that produces variant textures and shapes. And, yes, they work on fresh green beans too, if you’re trying to fit those beautiful long beans into a steamer basket.
Before meeting Hanbit, I had never thought to have scissors in my kitchen. I had seen that kitchen stores sold “shears” (which, let’s be honest, are basically super-expensive and sturdy scissors) but because no one had ever shown me what one would do with them, I didn’t know what I was missing.
As we move from late summer (the time of the harvest) into the austerity of autumn, which invites us to let go of what we no longer need, I would love to invite you to reflect on what surprising wisdom you have harvested recently from people in your life. It could be a partner, friend, coworker, mentor, yoga teacher, the person who sells you coffee or bread.
All boats rise together, and we can learn so much from each other when we take the time to listen.
While learning about kitchen shears might seem too mundane to label as “wisdom,” we can honor each other by absorbing life lessons from each other. This allows us to develop the capacities to contribute and to receive.
I would love to hear from you about one lesson you’ve learned this summer from someone in your life. Click here to reply and let me know what wisdom looks like for you lately.