Monday Meditation: Share Your Gifts
With the World
Every year my family has a gathering called “Huber Fest.” Huber is my mom’s maiden name. Yeah, I come from one of those families that ritualizes a day out of the year where we drink by the pool, play games, and eat a ton of food. This year was extra special though. This year I introduced my family to the love of my life, artisanal cheese.
I wasn’t sure that my family would welcome and respect my cheese. It’s not like they’re judgmental or anything, but I was revealing a very important passion of mine, a very deep, intimate part of my life that my family hadn’t really experienced before. I began with a wedge of Meadowkaas, a grass-fed Spring gouda with a little local honey. It was mild and approachable, and so far everyone was getting along. Then I brought out the big guns, a soft-ripened goat log, Mont Chevre Bucheron, and some Pineapple Pepper Jelly. I’m proud to say that as a family, we smashed that goat log to nothing but a small sliver of white rind. Even my cousin who notoriously hates cheese gave it a try. Maybe I haven’t converted him yet, but I felt really special sharing my love of cheese with my family who’s seen me through all of my stages in life. I also whet their palate for a cheese plate at every gathering.
Bring your talents and gifts with your everywhere that you go. Don’t worry about how they will be received. Just be you.