Life’s Like A Basket Of Amedei Chocolates…

“Do you want to look inside? They’ve got some amazing chocolates,” I said to Annie, on our way out from Delicious cafe.

We met for her 30th Birthday celebration and were presently walking past its specialty grocery store.

She responded with a why not, and we went in. She’s not heard of the ridiculously expensive Amedei chocolates before, so I took her to that section–and found Lindt chocolates instead.

“What happened to the Amedeis?” I asked the manager, while paying for the tub of Royal White Riestling ice cream (it was so bad and so not worth the 40 bucks–more than half the tub still sits in the freezer!).

“The management has changed, and downsizing, including the inventories. Today, is in fact my last day.”

“Oh that’s too bad… I was just telling my friend about the Amedei chocolates. She hasn’t seen it,” I said.

“I think I might still have some of them back here…” he says, and heads off into the store room.

He’s got gorgeous eyes, and huge tattoos on his arms. I couldn’t tell from his accent, where in Europe he’s from.

When he came back, he placed a whole basket full of Amedei chocolates in front of me. “Here, take what you like. I was gonna chuck it in the bin anyway,”

“Are you serious?” I couldn’t believe it.

“Yea. Some have passed expiration date, but it’s still okay if you don’t mind it,”

I picked up the black box of 1 CRU with 12 Napolitans. “That’s what I got my friend the last time, and he says it’s really good.”

I don’t really believe in spending so much on chocolates–not for myself anyway. So I’ve not actually tried it. I do know, from what I hear, that it’s nice, and that the Amedei Porcelena is said to be ‘the most expensive chocolate in the world’. Now this guy is offering these babies to me (not the Porcelena of course!)–for absolutely free!

“How about the rest?” he gestured to the slim chocolate blocks, that were wrapped in names like Equador, Grenada, Jamaica, Madagascar, Trinidad and Venezuela–its cocoa-bean’s country of origin.

I was still wide eyed and in a state of disbelief. I felt like I couldn’t touch those chocolates, and returned that box of 1 CRU back on the counter.

So I said, “Why don’t you choose one for me?”

He rummages through the basket, and says, “How about, one of each?”

“Are you serious???” I really can’t believe my luck.

He proceeds to pick up 6 bars of chocolates and maybe more–I forgot.

Then, picking up that box I’d put down, he brought them all to a corner, said he was going to scan it in, so he can take them off the inventory.

“There you go… over 300 dollars worth,” he says and puts them all in a bag for me.

The whole time this was happening, my head was in a spin. This came out of nowhere! I was laughing from the sheer pleasure of this wonderful surprise.

“You came at the right time, “ he smiles.

I asked for his name, so I could thank him by name. With his thick accent, it sounded something like Kahoe, but I’m not sure… So I dare not say that was the name of the man who made my day. 🙂

My girlfriends finally comes over to see what’s up and he leans across the counter and generously offers them 2 bars each.

Hahs!! We walked out of the store, on clouds and sunshine. 🙂

This random act of kindness happened on 15th January (I remember the date, ‘cos we were celebrating my friend’s birthday). I had chosen not to share this story till now because my Ego had to take a back seat. And I wanted something meaningful to offer others, along with this story.

I guess, it feels like the right time to share it today: Life’s Like A Basket Of Amedei Chocolates… you never know what you’re going to get. 

This post is also a call for deeper inner reflection. “Look Inside.”

When you don’t find what you’re looking for, Ask Questions.

The answers you are seeking often lies in the question itself.

It may, in fact, give you so much more than what you ask for.

“You came at the right time,” he says. The right time is NOW.

NOW is the time to begin an enriching journey of Self-Discovery.

Love,

Mish.

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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TLC ~ Love Of The Day: I Hope You Love Surprises!

Think of this as your ‘Soup Of The Day’ special for your Heart, Mind and Spirit:

“I Hope You Love Surprises!” 

The doorbell rings. I didn’t bother answering it. I’m too busy reading and reflecting and commenting on blogs.

So my help opened the door for the mysterious visitor and my bro put on a shirt and went downstairs to check out who it was.

I heard a hullo and some laughs and up comes this hippie lookin’ kid with hair longer than mine, and a paperbag.

“I hope you love surprises!” he says.

And pulls out a journal covered in hearts and candies and a little booklet that says ‘A little bit of GOD in every day’.

“It’s a little late, but this is for your birthday and also Christmas.”

Then he goes off to give gifts to my sis while my bro fiddles around with his gift–an electronic guitar tuner.

Who knew I’d still be getting a birthday gift and Christmas pressie from 2011 on a New Year! 🙂 I didn’t. And I’m loving the surprise. It totally fits in with my only motto for this year: EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED. 

I believe it will be a year of Surprises and I will learn to love the Surprise, however and whatever way it appears–good or ‘bad’. I’m giving up my need for control over my future and needing all the answers for my life, right here, right now. I’m going to let go and let God surprise me. So far, He’s doing a good job through my bro’s friend Rufus–and it’s only day 2!

As I’m sharing this moment with you, my bro is taking a break from marking his student’s papers and strumming the guitar with his friend, filling the apartment with live music, on a beautiful sunny afternoon. 🙂

Who / What’s ringing your bell & dropping in unexpected today? Do you see it as an unwelcome intrusion into your personal time & space?

Can you open your heart and mind to receive The Gifts that it can bring?

A blessing is often in disguise. I hope you love surprises.

And then, whenever you can, BE the Surprise. 🙂

Love,

Mish.

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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TLC ~ Love Of The Day

Think of this as your ‘Soup Of The Day’ special for your Heart, Mind and Spirit:

“Saved by the Poop.” 

Last night, a beetle flew into the ceiling fan and landed in my goldfish’s tub of poop!

It’s a water filled container which I clear a few times a day.

I wouldn’t have seen that beetle and rescued it in time, if not for my goldfish’s blessed poop LOL. Her green vege had made it through her system. So as soon as I spotted it, I went over to her tank to clear it and saw that upside down beetle, kicking frantically in the water.

Upon closer inspection (it was dark and late, with only a dim yellow wall light on), I saw another creature in the tub! It was a baby cricket! And that cricket was paddling away like mad too…

…and before my very eyes, I watched as it climbed on top of the beetle!

In the end, I emptied the water and set the two insects free.

Wow. I was smiling when I realised there was a lesson to be learnt here!

That tub of poop may have been a nightmare to the beetle, who was upside down, and wondering if he’ll drown. BUT. It saved him from a hard landing which could’ve crushed his shell, when he was flung off by the fan. AND. His being in the tub of poop, saved the cricket!

AND. My goldfish’s poop, saved them both! Haha! :p

Sometimes when you think that life can’t get any worst, and it does, with more poop than you could ever handle in a day–hang on there lovers. It may just be a blessing in disguise and FREEDOM is on it’s way… 😉

“You Never Know.” 

Yesterday morning, while having a glass of water at the balcony, I looked at my pot of Japanese Rose and complained to my help, “I bought the wrong type. The other ones always have a pot full of flowers… this one only has one!” It hardly ever flowers. All we usually see is a pot full of leaves. I wished I stuck to the other species I’m more familiar with.

This morning, to my big surprise, I counted 7 flowers in the same pot!

WOW. How could this be? Just overnight?

What can we learn from this?

🙂

Love,

Mish.

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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A Blessing in Disguise is The Best Surprise

I’ve often prayed for better communication with my brother. And I’ve always imagined that the day my prayer is answered is the day when we’re magically on good terms with each other, all sugar and smiles.

That day never happened.

Instead, I woke up with“Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk And Press Enter” flashing on my computer screen. I was devastated with a capital D!

I get stressed up just trying to muster the courage to ask him for help. He doesn’t make it an automatic privilege just because I’m his sister.

I tried praying over my computer (yea you can stop laughing now can’t you tell a girls desperate?:/). I tried trouble-shooting. NOTHING worked.

Left with no choice, I prayed for favour and sent my brother a S.O.S SMS.

Unexpectedly, he promptly replied and offered to have a look at it when he got back from work. Surprisingly, he checked it out the moment he could and got it working again—on the same day! Instead of grunts and silence, he even explained what happened–all in very, pleasant, vibes!

WOW.

ALL of that is, unfortunately, not the norm for my brother and I. Then the light bulb went off within. The PC had to break down! It gave me and my brother the perfect opportunity to practice better communication skills! 😉

I’ve got so many stories just like this one.

I’ve prayed for the strength to forgive someone that’s increasingly hard to love–then a person gets sent in my path to remind me of me and how much effort it took, in the past, to love me too. Self-realization–seeing the plank in one’s eye instead of focusing on the speck in others–always brings you and I back to a place of humility, accountability and LOVE.

And when I prayed for Wisdom and Strength, I should’ve known that there’s a reason why the people I admire are wise beyond their years or stronger than your average girl. Just like what Kahlil Gibran says,

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”

They’ve been through a lot to be what they are today and it’s often not a pretty story in the beginning. Life happens. But in the end, they live and they learn, growing stronger and wiser… or that’s what I learned. 😉

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A blessing in disguise is the best surprise…

…but it takes a shift in perspective to see it, to learn from it to be blessed.

It means being grateful for Opportunities and Teachers and Lessons as they come, as they are—without blaming God and judging others.

It takes a growth in Faith—that this is allowed for a reason. A measure of Hope—that it will get better and that something good will come out of it.

And LOVE. Lots and lots of Love.

“I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind. I should not be ungrateful to these teachers.” – Kahlil Gibran

Love & Strength,

Mish.

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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