It is easy to be caught up in the daily routine of life. Work for me takes over my life as I love my work and find I am constantly busy from the moment I wake to the moment I sleep. There are stop moments, but very few, where I sit and appreciate myself and life. But recently I had a confirmation of how God sends messages to us constantly.
Working in the hospitality trade, we had a very busy week with several functions, events and weddings taking place and, at the same time, we were short of staff. My husband had been supporting the team in the position of chef, as and when required. This was such a week when he was fully in the kitchen, morning till night. I was in great appreciation each time I walked into the kitchen to see the chefs busy preparing food for each different function. On top of that, they had the busy evening restaurant service. This was awesome to see – a full on, busy kitchen and busy restaurant, too.
It was amazing to see how they all had a flow in the way they were working together. There was no shouting or screaming at each other, they were all just taking responsibility for what needed to be done.
It was lovely to see how my husband had stepped into the kitchen to support the team and he just fitted in beautifully. Each time I went in I could feel the sense of calmness and everything running like clockwork. With so many events on that week, I was amazed by how well they were managing.
Rewind to two years ago and the same situation and it was completely different: we had a full kitchen with 5 or 6 chefs screaming and shouting, and a kitchen full of stress. The chefs were constantly on coffee, caffeine, cans of coke and tired all the time.
My husband at that time was not in the kitchen but I could feel the stress and the pressure he was carrying as he was in charge of the kitchen, chefs and what was delivered to our customers. It was a completely different space.
The other night I said to my husband that you really need to appreciate the amazing work you and the team have been doing – I can really appreciate how amazing you all have been, as the days can be long in the kitchen and being on your feet all day long is extremely tiring. I shared with him that I had noticed how calm he was throughout. That through the loving choices he has made for himself, he has therefore offered true inspiration for the rest of the team to also make loving choices and to work in a different ‘energy,’ which they have chosen to align to.
I also shared this is amazing, as a year ago this would not have been the case. This kind of involvement and pressure would have caused anxiousness, anger and frustration. He said he was surprised too, but shared that he felt the changes he has been making in his diet, cutting out dairy and gluten and also going to bed earlier around 9 – 10pm, by listening to his body and cutting out late night chocolates – all these things have given him more energy and vitality in his body. He feels fitter and calmer within himself.
I shared it was a great moment for him to appreciate all the choices he has made, which have not only supported him but have also been a beautiful reflection for the team.
The following day we had a wedding and, as the chefs were serving up the dessert and garnishing it with strawberries, amongst the strawberries they found one that looked like a beautiful heart. When I saw this heart, all I could do was smile. In that moment I could feel the magic of God, a confirmation and message for the kitchen team about how they were working and that it is about true group work in and with harmony.
My husband is a true leader, for he has ‘led’ by living example, which offers the true inspiration for the fellow team members to follow by their own choice. I ‘plated up’ the strawberry for the bride and groom to share the magic too.
The beauty is that there is magic in everything and yet we often do not create enough stops or moments for us to see it . . . thus sometimes it’s in these little things that God will create a stop for us to see.
This is a confirmation that the magic of God is in every moment with the beautiful changes that have taken place in the kitchen.
Published with permission of my husband.
By Amita Khurana, BSc Honours, Hotel Business Owner, Director, Practitioner/Therapist, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk UK