Whatever I Get, I Eat


I was sitting on a curb down a narrow alley in Kolkata. I’d befriended a young local who lived in the slums and had asked him what his favorite food was. “Whatever I get, I eat.”

The moment I heard his answer I realized just how privileged the question was. I had a lot to learn about the line between necessity and luxury. Choice, favorites, preferences. These are all luxuries. It also occurred to me that his answer could be quite a powerful life philosophy.

Whatever I get, I eat. Whatever life brings you, eat it.

Don’t wish for a different meal. Don’t wish for brown rice instead of white, or chicken instead of fish. Don’t wish for a different boss or a bigger house.

Whatever life has brought you, eat it. Be grateful that there’s a meal at all.

By Ryan Paugh

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With decades spent exploring the outer world and the inner world, I share some of the insights I have learned along the way.

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