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A cup of this, a dash of that

May 22, 2014

Flour isn’t pancakes.

Baking powder isn’t pancakes, either.

And neither are eggs.  Or milk.  Or oil.

If you mix them all up, you get pancake batter.

Pancake batter isn’t pancakes.  It’s just the potential for pancakes.  It takes some intense heat and a frying pan to actually get pancakes.

Having some flour doesn’t mean pancakes are imminent.  Flour could mean fried chicken.  Or noodles.  Or cookies.  Those all require flour and eggs.  The cookies can even require milk and oil and baking powder.  But because of the proportions and how they are combined, you get cookies, not pancakes.

You wouldn’t call a pancake a cookie, even if it had the same ingredients, because they are obviously different.  And because of the syrup factor.

I’m a me.  I’m made up of some weird stuff, I tell ya.  You might be made up of some of the same stuff, but you wouldn’t be a me.

You’d be a you.

And it’s entirely possible that I wouldn’t recognize the me-ish parts in you simply because they are combined in such a way that they end up looking and sounding and smelling different.  But we’d both be real.

Real different.

 

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 22, 2014 1:45 am

    I love this. I work with Gallup’s StrengthFinders and it is really about helping people understand their uniqueness. It starts with some ‘common’ ingredients and goes from there. It is all about which ‘ingredients’ are part of you, and how they are ‘mixed’.

    • May 22, 2014 8:53 am

      Definitely. And that “how they are mixed” part is often overlooked, I believe. Because the mix can mask the presence of a strong gift, but if you were to take away that gift it would change everything.

  2. May 22, 2014 1:50 pm

    And so we celebrate our differences. I appreciate all that makes you…you, Sparky!

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