Talent and Execution, Sisters

So, after phrenetically trying to absorb the enormous talent surrounding me a few Saturday’s ago (at the Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival), I spent a great deal of time thinking about one particular conversation, which ended with my new friend saying, “You know, that would make a great blog subject.” And so here I am, after massaging the idea a bit in my head…

I’ve watched my sister for all of her ^%{^*] years (What? I’m smart enough to not give that away.) and since the moment I became aware of it, I’ve been amazed and awed by her unparalleled talent for socializing. Diaphanous, tinkling laughter breaks into an electric smile. Conversations peppered with smart, evocative remarks designed to engage without criticism or insult. It is truly an art form when used so masterfully. Let me be clear; there is no sarcasm here. Invaluable is the ability to successfully maneuver a crowd of very different people and remain so positively memorable that people who were strangers moments before become first fans, and then friends.

While I fancy myself a creative person, and have been accused occasionally of having some talent, it pales in comparison to an ability  to maneuver the world as my sister can. I’m socially clumsy most of the time. I have a hard time relaxing and simply enjoying the moment. I cannot relate to everyone and often get anxious trying to find a reasonable balance. I find myself absorbing whatever energy there is in the room, rather than having the talent to change it.

So, I truly appreciate the talent of social grace. And it IS a talent. Sure, it too can be improved with practice, but few achieve the art form that I’ve watched in my sister. She can find herself in any group of people, in any venue, and navigate the personalities as though they were characters in a book she’s written. It isn’t her only talent; she is many things. But this one thing deserves special recognition because it is rarely recognized.

I celebrate her for who she is. I couldn’t be any more proud of her and her accomplishments. The fact that she’s my little sister is just a bonus. The fact that she is my friend makes me hope that I did something to deserve her.

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