One afternoon our youngest child came home from school distraught because she had lost out to another actress for the part she had hoped to land in the high school play. As young people often do, she felt that if another excels further than she did it was a sure sign that she was “not good at anything” and so she shed tears of self pity. As her parent, I was sad that she was so easily blinded to all the great traits she possessed and to the incredible person she was as a result of the totality of all of these traits and talents. She was no less wonderful just because there may be someone out there who has taken any single trait or talent to a higher level yet.
That evening, I wrote the following fable for my daughter (click below):