Counter Food

January 10th, 2007

It was either last March or May, some long time after Christmas, one day some “special” cookies appeared on my last company’s kitchen counter. I couldn’t help but try a couple. They were good. So I found the person who brought in the cookies and asked where she bought them. She paused a bit then with “armed confidence” she said, “my sister gave us a lot of them for Christmas and we froze them.” Needless to day, these cookies were way back from Christmas. Food in my freezer does not stay over one month – I only wished I could empty my stomach at that moment. After that I never ate anything form that company’s kitchen counter.

Then I recalled something someone said in the previous company before the last. That company had a big counter outside the kitchen. Someone had said that if you have something left over at home just bring it in and put it on the counter and someone will eat it.

It seemed that putting food on a company’s kitchen counter is the easiest way to get people sick.

Some years ago when I listened to an audio book of a known holistic MD I was stunned by what he said. He said, “Electrical blankets are not good for your health because they generate magnetic fields, if you have one, give it away to somebody.” Now, if electrical blanks are not good for my health how could they be good for other people? If I know electrical blanks are not good for health then the first I do is to tell my family and friends not to use them, I would never give them something I know is not good. I never believed that MD anymore.

When I first started working in Vermont I didn’t know anyone. One day a lady in the company kindly asked me to join her and her friends to go to a movie on Friday after work. She didn’t finish her popcorns during the movie, so when we were lining out she offered her popcorns to me. I didn’t like popcorns but out of politeness I grabbed a couple. Right away she turned to her friends and said, “these popcorns are so oily,” and dumped the whole box of remaining popcorns in the garbage can. I just froze right there with popcorns tightly tucked in my hand. Soon after we departed I threw these popcorns in garbage. I could not understand what she did.

The one thing I learned when growing up was “Don’t give to other people what you don’t want.” I might be following it ingenuously as well as other “golden rules” so I have been kind of swimming against the stream in the world of “business practices.”

Just yesterday I read a story about a lady who was given a Dali’s painting by her sister. This lady hung the painting in her house for ten years even she was not comfortable with the painting. Finally she couldn’t stand it anymore so she sold the painting and she felt relieved. She then discovered that her sister gave her the painting for the same reason.

Why would people give away their something to somebody because they don’t want it? Would that something be beneficial to that somebody?

“The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran talks about Giving:

“Then said a rich man, Speak to us of Giving,

And he answered:

You give but little when you give of your possessions.

It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

There are those who give little of the much which they have-and they give it for recognition and their hidden desire makes their gifts unwholesome.

And there are those who have little and give it all.

These are the believers in life and the bounty of life, and their coffer is never empty.

There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.

And there are those who give with pain, and that pain is their baptism.

And there are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtues;

They give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space.

Through the hands of such as these God speaks, and from behind their eyes He smiles upon the earth.”


my sister's garden - pastel painting 






“My Sister’s Garden” – pastel painting ny Maria Yu


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2 Responses to “Counter Food”

  1. Chris Sabin on 19 Jan 2007 at 11:18:51

    Hi Maria, You have created a very interesting website! I am most interested in your original artwork – I think this is where you will have the most impact on others. Of course, this is from my perspective as a person who (now) responds to tangible things more than abstract ideas. Also, as an old person who has searched for meaning for many years, and who has found a personal philosophy that I am comfortable with, it is harder for me to get excited about new ideas, as I am spending my limited efforts on developing my own ideas. Thanks Maria.


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