Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Sour Grape


Recently, I bought some grapes.  (Wal-Mart price matched them for only $0.77 a pound--great deal!!!)  They are not the absolute best grapes ever but to be honest, they aren't terrible either.  It is a strange mix of grapes though--they are drastically varying levels of sweetness.  The first one I tried led to disappointment.  It was SOUR!  Even at $0.77/lb, I was beginning to wonder if I had wasted my money.  I didn't want to give up on them though so I washed them and sent a serving with Casey for lunch yesterday.  (I decided to get another opinion before I tried eating some more.)

Last night, Casey came home and told me how the grapes were actually pretty good.  I was almost shocked--what?  How could they be good after that one I tried was so anything but delicious.  To be fair and with an encouraging 2nd opinion, I decided to give them a second chance.  After all, it was a huge bag and there is no way Casey would be able to eat them all before they went bad.  So as I am writing this, I am munching on grapes.  And like I said, it is a strange variety pack.  Some of the grapes are fair and some are excellent.  And these two extremes are right next to each other on the vine.  It makes no sense as to why some are tasty and others bitter.  

But I have been thinking about that one sour grape.  What if I had totally given up on all of them just after one experience?  What if others had given up on me after one mistake?  What if I wasn't able to say I'm sorry and to move forward with a second chance?  What if I was always judged by only one very short impression?  What if I had to face life alone without support and love?  I'm grateful life is full of second chances and filled with people who love me!!  So maybe my choices this morning--of being lazy and not getting up out of bed weren't the best.  I could have done the dishes before I went to school.  But I will use my second chance and make the most of it by cleaning the kitchen now.  I will use my second chance and exercise a little bit harder.  I will make our home a little less like the sour grape and a little more like the sweet ones.  I will be slower to jump to conclusions and quicker to support others.  I will humbly say "I'm Sorry!" more often.  I will focus on the sweet instead of the negative.  

As I was eating my last grape, it ended on a sweet note--delicious!  And that is just like how life is! :)  Like the saying goes, "Everything will be okay in the end.  If its not okay, then its not the end."
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1 comment:

Becky said...

Hey Lisa!
This comment really has nothing to do with this post, though it is a really great post!
in response to your question on my blog, there are a few programs/ sites I have used to print my blogs. One is Blurb, which I did like, but I found it took a lot of editing on my part to make the book look like I wanted. Another great site is scrapbookblogger.com. I've also seen on thecutestblogontheblock.com they have a blog book option, but I've never used it.

As for my other blog, you sure can read it! It's rnbjohnson.blogspot.com

Talk to you soon!
Becky