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Bits of Bacon……..

January 25, 2012

I recently heard a story about bits of bacon – maybe on YouTube, probably told by someone famous. I cannot remember the details of who and where but I want to share with you the “why”.

The story was told by a lady – I do remember that. And that lady worked in some sort of rehabilitation center or nursing home with elderly people who could no longer live alone because they needed assistance in some way or another.

As she was walking through the dining room at the end of breakfast one day, a rather crotchety older gentleman demanded bacon. She knew there wasn’t any left, so she told him she was sorry but there wasn’t any left (that might not be a direct quote, by the way). The man got belligerent and wanted to know why “everyone else” had bacon and he couldn’t have any.

In an effort to calm the man down, the woman told him she would go “see what she could do”. This settled him and settled the room and made her more than a wee bit nervous. She knew she had made a mistake even before she tripped over the words coming out of her mouth. She could hear her own words betraying her because she also knew there was no bacon. And she knew that this particular man was not inclined to greet her with a thankful hug for her efforts when she returned to him baconless.

So she searched the kitchen (and likely the heavens) for something that could satisfy the way she feared only bacon could. In her search, she found the pan the bacon had been cooked in. It had not yet been washed and there were bits of bacon in the bottom of it. So she scooped them into a bowl and presented them to the man. He was not impressed. He yelled again – maybe he included some obscenities but he, at the very least, pointed to the fact that the bits were not really bacon – just someone’s leftover mess.

And, the woman admits he was right.

He was already mad and her promise, which at first gave him hope, was actually dripping with inevitable disappointment and just made him madder still.

So the woman reminded her listeners not to offer what they know they cannot deliver. If someone is already mad – making them mad a second time isn’t really the best approach. We cannot do everything – and even if we could, we cannot do everything well. So we should focus on our strengths and accept our shortcomings and leave the bacon bits in the bottom of the pan. Because this….

is never, ever going to compare to this….

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