As I continue my MKMMA experience, I would sincerely like to show my gratitude to Julia Sanders for showing her encouragement for me to continue writing my blog. If you noticed, I am supposed to have a weekly update but we are on to Week 6 already ( Ouch!! ). So, instead of a weekly report, here is my 1 month report.
One thing that I have really kept up with is reading Scroll 1 of The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino. It is not always easy reading the same paragraphs for 30 days as my mind does drift off sometimes, well, many a times. However, I continued and I know my subconscious mind is paying attention. How do I know that? I have been getting more special take out orders for the restaurant and on Page 56 of the book, it says “Eventually I will find myself reacting to all situations which confront me as I was commanded in the scrolls to react, and soon these actions and reactions will become easy to perform, for any act with practice becomes easy.” I have found that I could sleep at night not worrying about those orders as I now have the confidence to execute these orders with ease.
Another paragraph from the book also jumps out at me. Page 53. “To create the olive, king of all trees, a hundred years is required. An onion plant is old in nine weeks. I have lived as an onion plant. It has not pleased me.” Not really sure whether I am interpreting it right, but I deal with onions in the kitchen all the time and I know it has many layers. As I try to rewrite my DMP ( Definite Major Purpose or Dharma ) , I find that these layers are interfering with my assignment as before I was sure I wanted to do certain things but as I dig deeper, I find that it might not really be what I wanted. I guess I will have to peel more layers to determine what I really want. Stay tune for my next blog. Hopefully by then, I will have a clearer picture of what I want to achieve. Mahalo with love! Scroll 2 is all about love and I am loving it!
Yesterday was our Canadian Thanksgiving holiday and I wanted to sincerely give thanks to Mark, Davene and all the people who have come together to put on this course and giving us all the support that we need. Of course, like anything else, my old blueprint is still as strong as ever and I have the intention but always procrastinate and give myself the excuse that the restaurant business have given me no time, or I am too tired etc etc etc. Today is my day off and I cannot give myself anymore excuses. I am supposed to be writing this blog about my experience with Week 1 and we are already in Week 3 of the course ( Ouch !! Guilt sets in . However, the words “Do it now, Do it now, Do it now” has won over and I am now writing my first blog! Yay :-)))
So what did I learn from my first week? I felt overwhelmed not knowing what assignment I should do first and wanted to be perfect in accomplishing my assignments for the week. Because of this, I was feeling very guilty of not having the assignments done especially writing my Definite Major Purpose or Dharma and writing this blog. My saving grace is Mark’s words telling us to “Forget about it! “. These words gave me the confidence to pick up where I left off and continue on my journey of self discovery with the MKMMA course.
Did I accomplish anything this first week? Yes, I did and I am very proud of myself. Even though, I did not complete the above assignments, one thing I did diligently was reading Scroll 1 from the Greatest Salesman in the World book. Maybe not 3 times a day but at least 2. I had a phone call to do a catering for 40 people to a Movie Production Company on a Friday and the next day ( Saturday), on set to feed 80 people. You must understand, we run a very small Japanese/Hawaiian style restaurant and we do not have any catering experience. I have less than a week to prepare for these 2 events. I then had another call 2 days later, requesting to feed an extra 50 people for Saturday. Total 130 people .( OMG . Can we do it?? Anxiety sets in.) Page 53 of the book , second paragraph reads,” And how will this be accomplished? For I have neither the knowledge nor the experience to achieve greatness and already I have stumbled in ignorance and fallen into pools of self-pity. The answer is simple. I will commence my journey unencumbered with either the weight of unnecessary knowledge or the handicap of meaningless experience. Nature already has supplied me with knowledge and instinct far greater than any beast in the forest and the value of experience is overrated, usually by old men who nod wisely and speak stupidly.” ( I did have a stupid old man telling me we can’t do it !!!! ). Long story short, Friday was a breeze and Saturday was too. The cast and crew from the Movie Set loved our food and was thanking us for providing them such a treat. One of the items on the menu was a Hawaiian favourite ! Spam Musubi lol .
What I have learned from this experience is that , no matter what challenges we face, we can always step up our game and not let fear take away our confidence in ourselves. I did it and so can you! Mahalo for reading my 1st blog !
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