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The second amazing restaurant experience I had was at a place called, ‘Moroccan Soup Bar’ (Check reviews on Google). They also serve a vegetarian-only cuisine menu, which after going back to several times is easily one of tastiest I have ever eaten in my life. Back when I used to eat meat everyday I thought that vegetables were boring, boy was I wrong! The textures, vast array of flavors, and multiple ingredients are tantalizing to all taste buds that I have taken with me to share in this ‘holy’ experience.
The particular evening in question saw my girlfriend and I arriving late and subsequently being last people eating. Earlier on in night owner, an Islamic woman, had sat down at table next to us with a few customers who were obviously regulars or friends. When she mentioned film, ‘What bleep do we know?’ I had to interject, as I felt I was one of few people around who saw film and had also thought movie to be quite interesting. She was saying that not many people were in theater compared to mainstream stories like ‘Batman’ or ‘Star Wars’ and was wondering why more weren’t interested in real life as opposed to human created narratives. At end of night she came and sat down at our table to discuss what we did and didn’t like about film.
The conversation flowed naturally about aspects of life such as science, spirituality, religion, and human relationships. She said that earlier that day she had gone on an excursion with a group of Islamic women and Jewish women to a Mikvah (a Jewish women’s’ bathing ritual), which she had organized. She said that at first Islamic group were quite reluctant to go, but after they had went and met Jewish women, none of either group wanted to leave. They’d all enjoyed connection so much that Jewish women were planning to visit Islamic group at one of their religious ceremonies. Of course I thought this was great given turbulent political climate in Israel and Palestine.
I haven’t even gotten to really cool part of story yet. When I went up to pay for meal I gave woman thirty dollars (very cheap for quality and quantity of food) and she handed me back fifteen bucks. Quite surprised, she then went on to tell me that on some nights she would give patrons half of price of meal back if they would do her a little favor. I asked her what it was and she told me that I would have to give money to someone who I felt really needed or deserved it. This just blew both my girlfriend’s and my own minds! The lady said that she believed 90% of people went through with this generous task, and that she simply hoped that it might affect some of our beliefs about humanity and interrelatedness of all people on planet Earth.
My girlfriend and I have been contemplating child sponsorship for a while so we took fifteen dollars and used it towards our first monthly payment to Plan International www.plan-international.org. It just proves how powerful one humble, anonymous person can be in making a difference to world, as well as to people’s perceptions of reality. It is true that every moment is a chance to learn from what’s around us in world, as well as an opportunity to share knowledge with others by incorporating our new beliefs into our own actions and behaviors.
Jesse S. Somer M6.Net http://www.m6.net Jesse S. Somer is a simple human being who loves to see the great generosity that some people have for their fellow planetary family members.