Saturday, October 25, 2008

In the Search of Passion

Last night we went out for a dinner. It wasn’t on any occasion, but felt like eating Thai. 15 minutes into the restaurant the meal service began. It was simply an excellent meal I’ve had in years - fantastic salad, tasty dishes and brilliant soup.

For my own personal development, I have recently started working on gratitude more than ever before. I do so by practising a vote of thanks at every single opportunity. The list includes being grateful towards a rag picker who takes out trash from our compartment, the fruit vendor across the street, the courier guy among others. There are so many people working in the background to make life better for us, the least we can do is to say ‘thanks’.

So I took a piece of paper and write out a thank you note to the serving members and the chef. I wrote it sincerely without expectation of any type of a reward. While moving out of the place, I handed the paper to the waiter who collected our bill, saying “This is what I can return you for your superb services”. He was a young guy of 20, simply smiled.

Then something incredible happened. One by one, each of the serving members appeared from kitchen and paid me a little visit. I could see that they were touched by a simple note, reminding them that their hard work mattered and it was due to their combined efforts the restaurant was flourishing.

So my dear friends, let’s not the passion go away from our lives. Keep it alive, it shows you the way to live!


Richard Kendall said...

Hello, Nitima
Mmmmm or not, I love it although I prefer not too hot. Regarding the topic of passion, it not one of the tastiest foods of life?

A little poem on Passion:
Living by logic is fine, we THINK its right for its direct from our mind; Yet passion has no logic,
its neither wrong, right or smart,
for passion steers clear of the mind and flows straight from the heart.

Another thought from your post, on gratitude and thankfulness: Our heads and hearts can only take so much anger, confusion, hate and resentment. But when we fill our hearts and minds with thankfulness and gratitude, the day is simply not long enough to express all of that joy. These contrasts in emotions have different sounds. The anger like sounds like this, with teeth clenched and a growl on our face:RRRRRrrrrrrrr! But, when we are thankful and grateful, our soul is singing, "AAAAAAhhhhh!" Can you hear it, Nitima? I can. Have a wonderful day.

Julia Drake said...


I really enjoyed your site and your recent post. I've been practicing Yoga for a long time, but only this last year, my mind and heart finally tuned into Yoga spirituality and philosophy. My life has changed because of it. Like you, I'm very devoted now to live every day with a good intention, such as gratitude. Living consciously has humbled me in many ways, and I know it's the path I want to take in my life. I'm glad I found another person treading into the same direction:-)


elizabeth said...

I love it! Thank you for a great story.

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