Who are these bloggers? They're not trained editors at Vogue magazine. I mean there are bloggers writing recipes that aren't tested, that aren't necessarily very good, or are copies of everything that really good editors have created and done. So bloggers create a kind of popularity, but they are not the experts. And we have to understand that.
Huh. I have several thoughts about this statement (as do so. many. bloggers. obviously). What really stuck out to me about this, however, is not the content but the character. Martha Stewart is not gracious. Sure, she's talented in a superhuman crafty kind of way, but gracious? Nope.
Gracious people give credit where credit is due. They know that being good at something doesn't mean that someone else can't be good at that same something. Gracious living can't expend energy on selfishly building egos. Gracious people don't want to waste their time on that. So they don't. Gracious living is doling out praise where it's deserved, even if it's not to an "expert." We should be eager to uplift others and give deserved compliments. Isn't it wonderful that this world is full of talented people? We should be celebrating that instead of discrediting the non-Marthas.
PS Did you know that there is a made-for-TV biopic about Martha Stewart that was produced during her time in prison? Every single time I think of Martha, I think of this clip.
This post is part of a 31-day series on gracious living. You can find the other posts here.