I love the smells of spring and summer. In particular, I love the aroma of berries--strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. I love the blend of scents that the berries produce when combined.
Berries don't try to upstage each other when they share the spotlight, whether in a dessert or a fruit salad or a parfait. They complement each other's flavors, bringing out the best in each. Strawberries turn sweeter and blueberries more tart when they work together.
I have many friends who do the same. They work to bring out the best in others, deferring talking about themselves to inquire about their friends. They offer compliments and, in doing so, complement each other. In this way, everyone wins.
Unfortunately, I also know a few people who demand to be the center of attention at all times. They pout if they are upstaged, if their needs and wants are not immediately fulfilled. Those around them rush to do their bidding, because they don't want to suffer the unpleasant consequences if these individuals are not catered to.
So, for today, I am grateful for berries and people who bring out the best in each other.