Fishing for compliments

Wow, that was weird.  I just wrote what I thought was a really cool two paragraphs and when I tried to save it, the only thing saved was the title.  Let’s see if my brain remembers any of it…

There are things we are good at, and things we wish we were good at.

He is good at all things mechanical while my skills lean towards the intangible ideas and words arena.  He is a bbq whiz and knows how to catch, clean, and cook fish, while my culinary offerings tend to be about creative can opening.  Ideally our combined skill sets will compliment each other and improve life for both of us.

But sometimes I wonder if any of us really can value things we are not good at.  Isn’t it true that we have greatest appreciation for the things we understand well?  If we’ve managed to muddle along without something so far, why should we place the same or higher value on it than what we ourselves are able to accomplish?

When in love, there is a time of compromise during which a mental window of opportunity opens and things previously not even on the radar can become highly valued.  We are in such a place right now.  Frankly, I hope that window jams open forever.   It allows me to read him all manner of strange books that put new and interesting ideas into his head and it makes me positively cavort with glee when he cooks me a fish he caught in a dinghy powered by an outboard he made run perfectly with spit and sealing wax and his considerable McGivery skill sets.

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  1. My dog Rufus grabbed the wheel when I went below for a minute. The next thing I knew, Banana Wind healed way over and jybed! Rufus had turned all the way around and we were head back to the Gate! He is a smart dog. Go figure that one?

  2. “But sometimes I wonder if any of us really can value things we are not good at”?

    I will assume (and yes I know what that means) that you did not write this and if you did it was written after that frog in Peru rubbed it’s poison on your skin or that you are in LOVE and this has had a tremendous effect on you!

    Let’s start from the basics or beginning. I cannot start a fire by rubbing or turning two sticks together. Others can and I value that and I wish I could. I cannot play guitar but I enjoy and value the talent of others that can. I’m not good at a whole lot of things but I do put a value on the things that I might be able to accomplish and look forward to the challenge of at least trying… whether or not I succeed.

    ” If we’ve managed to muddle along without something so far, why should we place the same or higher value on it than what we ourselves are able to accomplish?”

    Do we really know what we are capable of or can accomplish? I think not.

    They say “love can be blind”. I say “just make sure you keep your one good eye open”!

    lot’s of love from the old cracker

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