Shhhhh….I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I’m not the smartest grape in my bunch and that suits my vine just fine. Yes, I know, you might be shocked, stunned, and discombobulated even (I love the word discombobulated even if it is a bit extreme), to hear me make that declaration, but I boldly make it with crystal clear certainty. I am not the smartest grape in my bunch.
Growing up, my Daddy would often say that he was a “jack of all trades and master of none”. Welp, that pretty much sums me up. There are a lot of things I can do and like to do, but because I can do a lot of things I’ve not focused on taking time to master doing one thing and doing it extra, extra expertly (yet). So, because of that, I have a blossoming bunch of people who can do what I do better.
I like fashion, but I’m so glad I have two friends in particular that take their passion for fashion to inspiring new heights. I love to cook, but I have some loved ones that can teach me a thing or two in the kitchen, and they do. I love writing, but there’s an amazing group of blogging Janes who teach me the true wonder of words daily. Do I love helping people? Absolutely, but I have some people who take compassion, sacrifice and plain old making people feel better and be better to an entirely different level. I work hard, but some loved ones leave me in the dust when it comes to work ethic and diligence. I love public speaking and I’m still paying Sallie Mae (student loans), but I come from a line of women who have been able to take their words around the state, country and parts of the world and a few of them are STILL doing it in their 80s. I have faith, yes I do! I believe and try my absolute best to let God’s Word be my first and final answer, but I have some sisters in my circle that keep me in awe and appreciation of their ability to see things God’s way regardless.
People, do you see where I’m going with this? Don’t become tangled up always having to be the “one” on the vine that outshines. There are definitely strengths we all have that are supposed to sharpen others. However, life has taught me that being the smartest grape in the bunch is bound to squeeze the juice out of you. And that would turn you into a raisin…YIKES!