In Turkey, the bakers have a practice called, “on the hook.”
If a customer comes to the bakery, and they are feeling generous and have a few extra shekels to spare, they will buy an additional loaf of bread and put it, “on the hook.”
Almost always, someone will come to the bakery, perhaps a family that’s down on their luck, and will ask the baker if there is anything “on the hook.” If there is, the baker will give them the additional loaf.
Giving without acknowledgment in this way is special.
When we use the dishwasher, there is a reason we put our silverware, glasses, and dishes in the same place. It saves time and energy because we know where things are.
I am taking this simple idea and trying to spread it across as many areas of my life as I can. I am making it a point to be more organized. It took me a long time to learn about the importance of knowing where things are until I started breaking down the idea of time.
I wrote this because it is much needed during these interesting times.
We are dealing with a virus that’s affecting the entire globe. We see media outlets’ constant onslaught of fear-mongering tactics that have been giving rise to conspiracy theories and have overwhelmingly created separation and distrust in many arenas.
We are a nation that is divided and each side is absolutely sure they are right.
While the world feels smaller because almost everything is real-time, it also does seem a bit more chaotic.
Peace and joy are within everyone’s reach, but the onus is on us to do the work and the path is a solo journey.
Below are a few tactics that have helped me turn down the noise of negativity and division:
Every morning I have a spiritual affair with the Pond of Walden as Thoreau guides the better part of me into the importance of reawakening the soul. His morning baths in the pond were akin to a daily baptism and I feel a figment of this, although strong when I read his work before the sun is at full staff.