Pruning created the beauty I saw in this palm tree. I wonder whether the laborer who tended this tree viewed his or her work as art. Rarely in my own job am I aware that one day others may look at the results of my work and make judgments about its beauty. Even human systems can be appreciated for their efficiency and effectiveness, just as pruning is an economic process. We remove dead parts or mend that which is dysfunctional in a timely manner in order to optimize the productivity and life chances of the whole. Pruning is an art as well as a science. As I become more aware of the artful choices inherent in my labors. I realize that an elegant design or solution taxes my creativity and mindfulness. It also leaves a legacy that enriches others.