There are times when I can’t stand the thought of one more batch of sauteed swiss chard. Arizona winters produce an abundance of leafy greens; kale, chard, spinach, arugula, mustard, mizuna, collards, and the green tops of kohlrabi, beets, and turnips.
I do enjoy them and the fact that they’re an immense reservoir of calcium and vitamin C places them high on my personal consumption list. I sneak them into lasagna, roll them into tortillas, mash them into potatoes, use them as wraps for interesting appetizers and seek out other family-friendly recipes. Regardless of my own preference, week after week of greens is challenging for me and for other CSA participants.
The monotony reminds me of nagging my middle son to practice his violin scales and of the advice of Natalie Goldberg in her bestseller, Writing Down the Bones. Goldberg gives eloquent instruction to struggling writers: “in order to become a writer, write.” In other words, practice makes perfect or if you do one thing for 21 days consecutively, it becomes a habit or take the 30-day challenge. They all mean the same thing. There are times when slogging through a less favorite task has to be done and once again, it’s part of the journey and ultimately part of the payoff. It’s drudgery when approached that way but if you do the old-fashioned Zig Ziglar approach, “it’s gonna be a great thing. Okay, I admit, Ziglar always made me a bit crazy but if we approach our tasks as a process and know that the result will benefit from our actions, the thought of hammering out another blog post or sauteing a bucket of kale is gets easier. It helps us be prepared and someone told me that luck is when opportunity meets preparedness. Luck of the Irish to you. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!