“I really like all your recipes!” I complimented my maternal grandmother (Grandpa George‘s wife). It was so great to finally tell her. No, I hadn’t really told her in person. I never physically met her (as she passed away when I was about 1 or 2 years old), but a couple of days ago I DID meet her! I had a wonderful, lucid dream in which I met her. She was reading a collection of stories I’ve written over the years ranging from when I was as young as about 10 years to as recent as a year ago (that is actually, in the waking world, a work in progress, but must have been completed in my dream).
My grandma gave me a hug and reassured me that not everyone in my mom’s family could cook and that she really liked ALL of my stories. I “have a knack for writing” as Grandma reminded me. “Do not forget that!” I smiled. As she complimented me other people in my dream started complimenting me on my writing, too.
So I guess the message was loud and clear to me that night. “Don’t compare yourself to others; you are perfect just the way you are!” God made us all perfect just as God is and the Spirit gives each person a talent for some good to benefit others and praise God.
By now I’m sure some of you may have figured out the song for tonight’s entry, but for those whom haven’t, here’s “Just the Way You Are” (originally) by Billy Joel in 1977.
Don’t go changing, to try and please me
You never let me down before
Don’t imagine you’re too familiar
And I don’t see you anymore
I wouldn’t leave you in times of trouble
We never could have come this far
I took the good times, I’ll take the bad times
I’ll take you just the way you are
Don’t go trying some new fashion
Don’t change the color of your hair
You always have my unspoken passion
Although I might not seem to care
I don’t want clever conversation
I never want to work that hard
I just want someone that I can talk to
I want you just the way you are.
I need to know that you will always be
The same old someone that I knew
What will it take till you believe in me
The way that I believe in you.
I said I love you and that’s forever
And this I promise from the heart
I could not love you any better
I love you just the way you are.
God, bless us — everyone!