The other day at a very popular Gujarati restaurant, in Mumbai, the bearer kept coursing one dish after another on my plate, as soon as we settled ourselves on the table that was offered to us. In a matter of seconds I had a whole gamut of savory dishes on my platter in small little bowls. And of course there was a sweet/desert as well. I was looking at the brilliant display of colors and flavors on the plate and could not help but admire how the restaurant ever came up with the concept of serving food like this to laymen like me and treat them like a ‘KING’. Within minutes, I could feel a delightful feast in my mouth. There were some dishes I did not like too much, others were great and some that did not appeal to my eye were left untouched. Additionally, there was a choice in the accompaniments as well. I came back from this place absolutely gratified. Glad I came to this place!
Food aside, it is the experience that really made me come up with this post here. I was provided with a choice and I leapt for it. Plus there were a host of options to chose from as per my liking, so I could take my pick. Similarly, in life we are given a host of choices and we must fill our lives with the ones that make us happy. So many times, we fail to step out of our comfort zone and explore what’s beyond. Don’t hesitate to experiment and stumble. That’s the way to learn. And frankly, how many people really do learn from other’s mistakes? So, go on, make some of your own (or not), learn and then make the appropriate choices for yourself. Out of those choices now fill your life with variety. That’s exactly the way to fill smaller bowls of joy on a larger platter of life.
We often find ourselves restricted due to paucity of time or finances to pursue our passions in our lives. We find excuses to procrastinate what we have set out for ourselves, for something or someone else’s sake. Slowly the sand of time slips out of hands and we are left with a wish on our lips, ‘ had I tried at the right time, I would’ve’. And that’s how the cookie crumbles!
Let’s take an example. In a multi-cuisine restaurant we can easily take our pick as per our mood and taste, from a variety of options available to us. More so, we don’t always go to the same restaurant as well, every weekend. Even if we do, do we really order the same dish every time? Similarly, if we do not have options ready for us at all times, in our lives, we would be left with nothing to chose from and would be required to conform to whatever is available. Can you imagine how stifling that can be!
It’s not only in the way we make choices for things in our lives. In our relationships too, romantic or otherwise, we undergo a variety of emotions and therefore every time we are required to come up with a variety of solutions to handle them. Anyone who has rekindled a dying flame (perhaps, more than once) would know what I mean here. Its not like every time my baby cries, I hand her a Popsicle. I must have other ways and means to manage that as well. That would come only when I have made a) the appropriate choice b) have a variety of options to chose from.
So I say, go ahead fearlessly and break the hesitant barricades. There’s a whole world of things/people/emotions to discover and a variety of choices laid out to pluck from. Variety in our life makes it more interesting. With more things on hands to chose from, we can do more- Be MORE!