Posted on Facebook today:
“Everyone is a genius.
If you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree,
it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
Spoken by Albert Einstein.
I wonder when and why he said it.
Was he defending someone from a comparison being made to his own genius?
“Why can’t you be more like Albert?”
Was he defending himself?
“Why can’t you remember to put your pants on before you leave the house like other people?”
Either way, I take it quite personally.
I don’t need ever to explain why I am not as attentive to my house as other women –
to myself or to anyone else.
I don’t need to explain why I keep writing stories of Jesus but never publish them.
I don’t have to explain why I let Bernie do all the work making our yard beautiful.
I don’t have to explain why sports bore me.
I don’t need to explain why I don’t dig gourmet cooking and why I like spam.
I don’t need to explain why I don’t wear make-up or jewelry or the most fashionable clothes.
I don’t need to explain any of these things because…
My genius lies elsewhere.