Something I love to nibble on are cashew nuts! My children and my wife know I love the dry fruit and every once in a while, present me a packet of the same, and for me it is like heaven those few days before I finish them all off. I relish each nut as I chew on them, and very often hear my wife looking at the empty packet and exclaiming, “Bob, don’t eat so much you won’t eat your dinner!”
But then I know the next packet may take awhile in coming and I can’t help enjoying each of them!
But this Christmas nearly everybody decided to gift me with the same cashew nuts.
So suddenly I had plenty of packets filled with the delicious nuts all lying waiting for me to devour. Well I did share a few nuts, not packets, with the rest of my family, but decided to keep the rest near my bed and eat them all daylong, one after the other and sometimes many at a time!
Today, I am fed up of cashew-nuts!
There are still some packets left, sent by a friend, packed in small tins, and I can see them looking at me and saying, “Hey Bob, why aren’t you having us?”
The reason is that I’ve had too much of a good thing.
Now my taste buds are looking for something better than cashew nuts. Something that will give me more excitement. Some new taste. New happiness.
But as I think back, I realize that if I had spaced my cashew packets, if I had eaten them, maybe, just one packet a week, I would still be enjoying them.
What I didn’t do was to balance my excitement with the ordinary!
A lesson for life, I think: How often we go on holidays, book a room with a sea view and wish we could live there all our life.
Just think, how boring it would be after sometime. But the danger is not the boringness, but that we will start seeking other pleasures to keep the excitement going.
We all love to have a drink sometimes. We have one drink, two drinks, and instead of stopping, our mind and body crave for more, and we end up getting drunk. If we had only taught ourselves to enjoy a little and stop, then life would be good.
The same with anything; after marriage we go on a honeymoon, but can we expect everyday of the rest of our lives with our spouses to be a honeymoon? We would then start craving for other excitement!
Start enjoying the ordinary. Start enjoying your work. Your normal evenings with your family at home, and then how much more beautiful will be those periods of excitement you give yourself!
Meanwhile my cashew packets look at me, waiting for me to start enjoying them again..!
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5 thoughts on “Balancing the Ordinary..!”
Anything in excess is always noseating sir! That’s a rule of life.
Mindfulness of the ordinary and to be able to recognise the beauty in it and enjoy it is the key. Just a slice of bread dipped in tea feels heavenly especially when you’re hungry!!
Both life and cooking are the art of balancing.
For a dish to taste good the ingredients and flavours should be well blended and balanced !
Similarly, in life , one needs to strike a balance between family, friends , job, hobbies, leisure , and spirituality to stay happy and grounded.
Well put Ayesha. Without balance they could land up as ‘burnt offerings!’
Too much of anything is good for nothing.We are adviced to be moderate, in God’s Word. Proverbs 27:7 says, The full soul loatheth a honeycomb; But to the hungry soul, every bitter thing is sweet. Hunger is the best sauce. Eating, drinking and being merry, is okay once in a way only.