Sometimes, when we’re asked to step back from something, it’s not easy to do. Momentarily, we might feel lost because we’ve become so familiar with our routine of doing, we can’t see the signs which are dancing infront of us, telling us, it’s time to stop.
The surprising thing about stepping back, is we gain a perspective of what is truly going on around us. It’s almost as if our heads come up out of the sand. We can see again, and what we see, are new opportunities coming our way.
For the past four years, I’ve cooked for all our guests at Rancho La Bellota. My job was to serve up delicious, traditional Mexican food, breakfast lunch and dinner, to our groups, always varying in size, with sometimes up to 15 people at a time.
These past few months we’ve trained someone to help me in the kitchen, and it’s gotten to the point where she doesn’t need training anymore. While I was sick in bed this past weekend with a cold, it became the perfect opportunity to let her take over: an opportunity she was more than willing to accept.
Raul had a talk with me a few days ago, and in his most polite way, which sometimes is a stretch for him, he fired me. He said it’s time to let go, and step away so the cook can take over. Afterall, that what we were training her for in the first place. I agreed, rather reluctantly at first. I felt jolted out of my comfy routine, safe in the kitchen doing my thing. Raul said, I take care of all the reservations, answering emails and office work, that was a lot, and it was good enough. I didn’t need to do all the cooking too. He was definetly right about that.
As I tussled with feelings of insecurity, after being politely fired, it suddenly dawned on me. Here was a oppportunity. This was my chance to start riding with the groups again, something I’ve always loved to do, and something I have truly missed. If I’m to start riding, this means, I should also take the opportunity to shed the few extra pounds I somehow gained while working in the kitchen.
When we’re met with change, or a sudden jolt in our routine, it can upset our comfort zone, and it can leave us feeling like we’re floundering in the wind. Just remember, to always look forward, towards a bright horizon, because it’s there you’ll see, life’s uncanny way of sending us the right opportunity, just when we need them the most.
I’m looking forward to getting back on my horse.