guest post -> lauren {the climbing chef}

by Holly on August 12, 2011

in guest posts

Hello my Everythingtarian loves!

While I am out gallivanting on the streets of NOLA shoving my face with beignets and washing those fried fritters of goodness down with strong Hurricane beverages, please enjoy this post from Lauren, who writes the blog The Climbing Chef. She’s totally my {gluten-free} sista from another mista, and I hope you love this post as much as I do.

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I would really love to say that I have always been a good person.  Scratch that…I’ve always been a good person (at heart) but not always the nicest.

A long time ago, in a far off land called High School, I may not have put my fellow man/woman ahead of myself.  But thankfully, there is this thing called growing up.  A couple years ago, circa 2009, I finally felt that maybe I had grown up.

Yes, my high school days had been over for quite some time, but what happened to make me suddenly realize that I had turned the corner?  A simple bus ride on the MUNI (San Francisco’s public transit)…

My roommate and I were making our way towards our favorite coffee shop/grocery store/Whole Foods when we over heard a very loud conversation between two 13 year old kids.  They were going on about sex, drugs, staying out late all the while listening to some horrible rap music that apparently needed, just needed, to be shared with the entire bus.  And do you what to know the first thing that came to my mind?

“Where in the hell are your parents?!”

Jump 12 years back and those could have been my friends…

Where does that switch happen and how come I never noticed that I had become a bona fide adult?

I’d like to thank maturity for rearing it’s ugly head at about 18 years of age and continuing to enhance my life ever since then.

What’s with all the drama?  How come some people can’t just be nice to others and yes, maybe sometimes go out of their way to help out?

Last weekend I was vacationing in Newport Beach, CA with my mom and having an amazing, lovely time.  Before heading into the LA Country Museum, I needed a serious coffee fix and my favorite place to go is Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.  No joke, the girl was very cranky towards me because I asked if the coffee drink I had ordered was gluten free.  She had no clue…so, I kindly asked if I could read the label on the packaging.  Did that make her happy? NO – it required her to go to the back of the shop and get a bag for me to read.  Really? Is that hard to do?  Once again, very nicely, I told her that I could not drink that coffee but thank you for letting me check.  Still rude…but, oh well…that’s her deal.

Another thing that amazed me, was how surprised everyone at the hotel seemed when I said things like, “please” and “thank you.”

What has happened to manners?  Does anyone else use them?

I’m not trying to complain and I hope that this isn’t coming off as if I am, but here is my point.

Food bloggers, nutritionists, foodies and cooks seem to always be talking about balance.  Whether it’s the balance between ingredients, health conscious decisions, life decisions, etc. So…where has the balance gone for everyone else?

Even when you are having a shit day…one that keeps getting worse, is it really going to help to be rude to someone who is just trying to help you?

It is impertinent to find the balance between life, food, family, friends, relationships, money, work, etc.  I feel like foodies get that, but I am stressing the importance in finding balance with your patience too.

Let me make this clear, I am not a saint.  Sometimes my patience is tested and I snap at someone for no reason or am cranky towards my family, who is probably only trying to help.  But when you look at the bigger picture, at what is really important in life, I’m betting that you aren’t going to get so worked up over how quick (or not so quick) your morning iced coffee is being made.

Every one is this world (including yours truly) could stand to be a little nicer to one another.

Now, if you will excuse me, I am going to finish being nice to myself and eat this amazing peanut butter gluten-free cookie and enjoy my iced Americano.

{ 5 comments }

Brooke August 12, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Hey Lauren,

Just randomly found this post. As someone who strives to be polite (“do unto others” and all that)… I totally agree. I think people are just too wrapped up into their own texting, iPod filled worlds to be concerned with anyone else these days. Will it get worse? Will it get better? I’d hope for the latter, but I don’t know.

Whenever I’m dealing with anyone in a service position (whether it’s a coffee shop or a doctor’s receptionist) and they have to pass along some bad news, I pause and remind myself that what they’re telling me is not their fault–they are merely the conduit for the information. While I may be disappointed that the store is out of my favorite tea, it (most likely) isn’t the clerk’s fault. If only we could all treat each other with kindness and politeness… or at least pay attention.

I hope more people read your post. Thanks. :)

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey August 12, 2011 at 5:30 pm

AMEN SISTA!! For real, I am just appalled when people do not use manners. Maybe it’s because they were raised like they were God’s gift to earth, but I sure wasn’t raised that way. “Please” and “thank you” were not just “nice”, they were expected.

Ty August 12, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Definitely a good reminder. I didn’t have “please” and “thank you” drilled into my head like some did, but I try to be courteous.

Young people these days… *sigh*

Special K August 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm

The question is….will you share your cookie?

Holly August 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm

lauren – SUCH A GOOD POINT! after a debacle flying back, i had the rudest customer service and i seriously wondered how so many people have lost their manners. keep on saying please and thank you – my grandma always told me that will get you places!

thanks for this guest post!!

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