Saturday, July 31, 2010

Dreamers and Calculators



My dad has this ongoing joke about people being "right brained" or "left brained". One side of the brain is more active than the other, producing artistic, dreamy, deep thinker types on one side, while the other hemisphere fills people with logical, mechanical, practical thoughts. If you are really lucky, you have a good balance of both, which makes people like you more, because you appear less weird...supposedly. Again, it's all about balance.

Ever meet someone who thinks absolutely, completely and entirely different than you? You know, like people who blog? They think these odd thoughts, then take precious time to write them down, then risk life and limb by posting them on the internet for all the world to see? Such strange and twisted people, they are. I've met some really "interesting" people who think so differently than me that they are actually interesting to talk to. Their stories are off the wall and I like taking one of those brief vacations from my way of thinking in order to go where no man has gone before, into their world...I stress the word brief. It's like going to the ocean and just sticking your feet in the cold, uncertain expanse flowing before you. Don't dive in, you might choke on the unfamiliar salt water or even drown. Just dabble and let God's great, diverse creativity overwhelm you for a moment.

Fortunately, I have been taught not to make fun of people who think from the opposite hemisphere. That is just ignorant and proud...unless of course you are married to one and then it provides YEARS of entertainment. Opposite thinkers often marry, because they balance each other out. Two extremists, blended together in order to make a healthy, functioning single being. Whether it's a spouse or just a dear friend, we need to give each other liberty and respect for different ways of thinking. God made us to depend on one another so that we would learn to appreciate one another...that's my very cool God being wise again. It takes all kinds of people to make the world go 'round, both the dreamers and the calculators are God's design. We may never understand them, but we can love them, live with them and benefit from their strangeness...I mean uniqueness...whatever, just refrain from calling them names or tripping them as they walk through the grocery store isle with arms full of tofu.

I posted a video on facebook once of Luccino Pavarati and Jon Bon Jovi singing "Let it Rain" together. It is still one of my favorite things to watch. Two absolutely different worlds colliding to make something really beautiful. Pavarati didn't snicker at Bon Jovi's black leather suit (that we know of) and Bon Jovi didn't expect his duet partner to dance around the stage seductively (thank goodness). They used their God given talents together for a good and honorable cause.

That's what my husband and I do...I dance around the living room in flowing white dresses while he sits and figures out how to balance the bass and treble on the stereo better. He's so cute :)


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