Tuesday, October 26, 2010

How To Make Fruit Salad

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My wife Elaine makes an amazing fruit salad. Her special "brand" sets it apart from other fruit salads I have eaten. Maybe the fact that she makes it not too often is what makes it amazing. For whatever reason, I love it!

We recently had dinner at the home of our son's in-laws, and my wife brought her fruit salad. When we left their house, she was handed her empty serving bowl. But we had only eaten half of it. The in-laws kept the rest...they too thought it was amazing!

The different ingredients are good in and of themselves, but when they are combined, the result is...amazing! (Am I using that word too much? Taste my wife's fruit salad...)

Fruit salad is a lot like what and who we are. If we identify one attribute that we posses (skill, character quality), we can say that we are good at that, or that we excel at that. But when we consider the cumulative total of all that we are (not only what we do, but also who we are), we realize that we are pretty amazing!

Now my goal here isn't to have us pat ourselves on the back and think highly of ourselves, just for the sake of thinking highly of ourselves. Rather, I want us to see ourselves as complete, multi-deminisional people, rather than one-deminisional "I'm-only-good-at-one-thing-types" who miss a lot of who we are because we don't value all of who we are.

Want me to tell you how to make fruit salad like my wife does? Nope.

Question: Do you see yourself as a cumulative total, or as one-deminisional? Answer below in responses.


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6 comments:

Tracy said...

Interesting topic, love were you went with it. Now to answer your question. In the past I feel I have looked at myself as one-deminisional. I do not believe that now.

Tracy

PNassar said...

Hey Brad, Things have really changed for me as I began thinking and living in the fourth dimension of life. It fully encompasses and surpasses width, depth, and height. (i.e. that which we can see, touch, feel, taste, smell, hear, etc) This fouth dimension is all spiritual. Thanks for the posting and the thoughts.

Brad Lewis said...

Tracy-
It's kind of like looking in the mirror: we look straight on, turn to the left, turn to the right, look over our shoulder...

We are multi-dimensional!

Brad Lewis said...

Paul-
Great to hear your input! Thank you for your thoughts. I remember Mark Silkey teaching us "kids" about that 4th dimension, using Elisha as an example: Lord, open his eyes!

Thanks for commenting.

Toyin O. said...

Great illustration; the food salad looks yummy.

http://youcanfacetodaybecausehelives.blogspot.com

Brad Lewis said...

Toyin-
Thanks for the encouragement, and thanks for finding my Blog. I had a look at yours... good stuff!