One of the best things about being at Punta Cana was how everything and everyone kept me doing things at the slow pace. I'm notorious for doing everything in a rush - I think it's remnant of a habit I picked up during the days when I used to work. Every day felt like I literally had no time to get everything done.
During breakfast one morning I went up to get ours seats. There were lots of people and a bit of commotion everywhere and when it was finally my turn I quickly said, "Hello. Table for two please." The lady behind the podium in charge of seating people remained composed and smiled and said ,"Hello. How are you?" I don't know why I felt so embarrassed but I smiled an apologetic smile and replied, "I'm doing great. How are you?" After that exchange I noticed it everywhere --- people always asking "How are you" before starting a conversation. I realized how that phrase had been missing in my dialogue for a long time. I got into the habit of saying it more during those short days away.
Another thing I noticed was that I was actually chewing my food. People who know me well know that I chew maybe twice or three times before swallowing. Again a remnant of a bad habit I'm still trying to shake off. But while at Punta Cana I chewed, at first counting in my head to fifty, like a little child, and then subconsciously doing it on my own. While in the Dominican Republic, Yangkyu and I enjoyed some of our longest meals ever together.
Unfortunately I'm back to my old habits again. Of course I ask "How are you" to folks over text or email but I don't think I say it often in actual face to face conversations. And I'm not chewing again. I'm gobbling everything up. I at least want to get back into the habit of chewing and eating my meals more slowly.
Do you have a trick? I'd love to get in on it if you do.
This weekend we're saying good-bye to our 8-week old Westie guest, Nala, and welcoming back Napoleon, the mini doxie, for one night. He's become a regular at Piri's Place.
Have a lovely weekend!