"I keep remembering one of my Guru's teachings about happiness. She
says that people universally tend to think that happiness is a stroke of
luck, something that will maybe descend upon you like fine weather if
you're fortunate enough. But that's not how happiness works. Happiness
is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it,
insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for
it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your
own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must
never become lax about maintaining it, you must make a mighty effort to
keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top
of it. If you don't you will eat away your innate contentment. It's
easy enough to pray when you're in distress but continuing to pray even
when your crisis has passed is like a sealing process, helping your soul
hold tight to its good attainments."
- elizabeth gilbert
ive been thinking a lot about this lately, if you haven't picked up on that theme already and by "that" I mean the whole being in charge of your own happiness deal. specifically in the past few cold, winter weeks as I tend to let myself get bummed out by the lack of sun and other winter blues.
I just finished Elizabeth Gilbert's second book (the first was eat, pray, love. you may have heard on it) called Committed. I really couldn't tell you weather I loved it or hated it, there was some of both, but it has definitely caused me to do so some self examination and her quote above REALLY inspired me to make a more diligent and thorough effort to "swim upward into my happiness"...
a few weeks ago J and I plus some friends attended a charity event for a program called C-CAP
"Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) works with public schools
across the nation to prepare high school students for college and career
opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industry. A national
nonprofit, C-CAP provides teacher training, scholarships, cooking
competitions, job shadows, training and internships, college and career
advising, and product and equipment donations."
restaurants/chefs from all over the city donated their time and talents for this amazing tasting
//and it was SO GOOD//
the highlight for i was meeting his all time favorite top chef contestant and chef/owner at one of our favorite places Barbuto
//we call him chef obi wan//
here were our favorite's if you fellow new yorkers want to try:
"I believe in pink.
I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner.
I believe in kissing, kissing a lot.
I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.
I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.
I believe that tomorrow is another day
and I believe in miracles."
— Audrey Hepburn