People are like wine, Shiraz in fact.

I was watching my son decant some Shiraz the other day and it got me thinking about the similarities between how we treat wine and people. Stay with me here, it will start to make sense soon enough.

An expensive bottle of wine gets the best treatment, carefully handled, carefully stored, carefully aired and carefully served. In contrast to a cheap bottle or a quaffer, that gets opened and splashed around as quickly as possible. I started to think about why we don’t decant the cheap wine. Maybe I am missing an opportunity to give the little wine its best chance of being the best it can be.

I reckon I might do that with some people I know. Maybe I don’t give them the air they need, or the care they need to be the very best they can be.

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