Some days I feel like a grape. A big juicy grape full of love and compassion. I am ready to share, bursting with juice and joy. Feeling vibrant. Feeling bright. I am all full up and ready to take on the world. Give me a cape and let me at it all. And then some days I feel more like a raisin. I used to be a grape but the compassion is a bit dried up and I am a bit more shriveled. Not quite as bright. Not quite as much energy. And a little bit squishy or maybe even dry.
On the grape days I want to surround myself with other grapes. Strawberries, bananas, raspberries, cherries, melons. All of us fresh and bright and ready to spread a lot of positive energy. A fruit salad of juicy love and compassion and good vibes. Watch out world.
But on the raisin days, well… there is a reason most people do not put raisins in fruit salad. So what goes with raisins? Well, today I felt like a raisin. And I was surrounded by melons and cherries and berries. Finally I found a peanut – a little crunchy and cranky and salty. A good compliment to my raisin-self. And then I found a chunk of dark chocolate – a little bitter and sweet but smooth. Trail mix. It is very reassuring on the raisin days to have a few people in your court who are a little bit crunchy and salty and bitter and sweet. It’s all about balance.
If I were my own best friend I might remind myself to check in and determine if I am feeling like a grape or a raisin? What is my energy level? What do I need that day to be my best self? I think it is okay to be a grape one day and a raisin the next. But I also think it is important to recognize what you are on each day and then act and take care of yourself accordingly. If you find you are a raisin on most days what could you do differently to be a bit more grape-y? And on the grape days, how do you recognize those people who are feeling more like raisins and give them what they need? It’s all about balance.
This is so well written and so wonderful. Thank you so much for this! Look forward to more of your articles.