An Introduction

Sometimes it's when I'm on a run, or sitting at my desk, or wandering in the park, or even when I'm in the middle of talking to a friend. It's a sudden moment of epiphany. A stark realization. A humbling lesson. A simple truth. This little thing- that no one would think twice about it "meaning something"- maneuvers its way, somehow, into revealing a life lesson. A little thing that teaches me something big. Quite simple significance, I like to say.

This unique interpretation of every-day-life-stuff being like big-important-significant-stuff happens in my mind quite often. So... I decided to start writing the simple significance down. Read it if you want. I hope you enjoy and learn and grow as I have while walking through this journey called life.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sometimes you have to suck it up sell sunglasses outside of your Japanese restaurant in order to...

There's a guy on Market Street that sets up a table outside of his Japanese/Chinese (I think they sell both) restaurant in the afternoons and sells sunglasses. They are all "foakleys" (that's what my friends in high school would call the knockoff shades you could buy in Mexico). He's got hundreds of pairs all lined up and tries to attract shade-less customers while the restaurant isn't hoppin'.

Who knows if he ever sells any, but he sits there and tries. Everyday. If the statistics are true, people aren't going out to eat (ie spend money) as much as they used to, especially in the mid afternoon. Its a tough economy and this Japanese-restaurant-owner is not raking in the dough. So, he's taken it into his own hands to make ends meet. He is using the resources he has (his store front and his time) and found access to some additional resources (sunglasses) and started a little side business.

Now, I'm definitely assuming at this point, but it seems that Japanese-restaurant-owner is filling his "non-productive" time at the restaurant and putting effort in to his end goal- sustaining his business/ life. Earning cold hard cash. Meeting his needs. Its probably not fun, but he does it. And he keeps doing it, which means it is probably working (or he is an extremely perseverant and patient man).

Sometimes, you've got to get creative and do something boring or additional or different or hard or crazy-looking in order to make things work. To make ends meet. To survive.

Sometimes, in order to meet your basic needs, you have to suck it up and sell sunglasses outside of your Japanese restaurant in the afternoons.

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