Hi Everyone. No major revelation or personal development masterpiece today; just a cute story…
Have you ever gotten a little ahead of yourself? Suffered from an acute case of Superiority Complex-itis perhaps? Well…
I just got back from my morning coffee, chat and brain training ritual. My daily cerebral workout is a word puzzle from the newspaper that requires me to make as many words as possible from nine random letters, including one with all nine. Some days I spin my cognitive wheels but today I was on fire, with words flowing like a veritable literary river. I got to the very good level (there’s a scale that tells me how smart I am based on the number of words I find), in a matter of minutes. And yes, we boys love any kind of rating system. Who’s competitive? What ego? Anyway, I was heading towards excellent and beginning to marvel at my own genius when a young family sat down at the next table.
So what? … you ask.
Well, the mum was Japanese and the dad was an Aussie and their two (very cute) kids looked to be about two-and-a-bit and four years of age. As I said, I was beginning to feel pretty darn superior… until I realised that the two year-old and her brother were both speaking fluent Japanese with mum and perfect English with dad.
All of a sudden, my word craft and my genius seemed less impressive.
Gotta love perspective.