Earning An Honest Living, The Best Christmas Gift

A very happy holidays to everyone. As the holidays were passing by, we had the privilege of having some of my parents friends come over for the holidays, Avi and Darshit. Avi was the son of my dad’s childhood friend and Darshit was the son of my Mom’s college classmate. What a coincidence, while I met them for the 1st time and they are 5 to 7 yrs yrs older to me in a matter of a few hours we became close friends and felt like I knew them for such a long time Well this topic deserves a blog of its own which I will cover in the coming days “Friendship Forever”. For now I will like to share with you an amazing experience I had while we visited San Francisco with Avi and Darshit.

We were walking towards Pier 39, when we saw two boys and a kid about my age putting up a show, we stopped to watch. What an amazing act, you would love the small clip I captured below. After the show I asked them what go them into dancing. He explained it very well. He shared that he went to Las Vegas to find an inspiration to earn money, but there he saw people doing drugs, smoking, or drinking. He learnt that Las Vegas was not for him and he came back to San Francisco, with his younger brother who is about my age and they put their entire effort into dancing to earn and honest living. What was most inspiring was that the boy who was only 12 or 13, and his positive attitude towards life.

As we reached Pier 39 they have a stage performance where people from around the world who have some amazing talents get an opportunity to showcase their acts. We witnessed a performer who claims to be one of the 8 people in the world known for his sword swallowing acts. It was astonishing to see his performance and for a moment made me gasp, as he was playing with true danger. At the end of the act I got an opportunity to interact with him and I asked him what inspired him to do such acts. He said people inspire me and I get to have fun while earning an honest living. He further shared as a friendly advice that in life you should keep trying to succeed instead of giving up s you never have any regrets, pursue your passion.

During the drive back, these 2 individuals got me thinking of many things. I am blessed to have the means and the opportunity in my life to achieve something. The honest question I got myself asking was, am I as passionate or hungry as these 2 individuals were to achieve their dreams or do I just take it for granted. Well something for me to surely dwell on more this holiday season. May be this experience is one of the best gifts this Christmas.

I want to wish everyone a happy and inspiring New Year. Thank you for always supporting me and helping me by giving critical advice, feedback and inspiring ideas. I would not be myself without all of you for which I am ever grateful. Have a wonderful Holidays and a very Happy New Year!

12 replies
  1. Neha
    Neha says:

    Happy New Year 2019 Anuj! That’s a wonderful, true spirit of Christmas story you had and shared!! Wish you and family great year ahead!!

  2. Ravi Desai
    Ravi Desai says:

    Good, well articulated and thought provoking post as usual Anuj. They say that the best way to reflect on a thought is to write it down – Great Work !


    Anuj you are right we all are privilege that we dont have to earn for honest living at tender age of chidhood or teenage. Good work Keep it up.

  4. sud
    sud says:

    Very good article Anuj. It is a good habit to know more about the people you meet and listen to their stories. Inspiration is all around us, we just need to open our senses.

  5. Darshana
    Darshana says:

    Loved the post,got me thinking as well as how we had a safe worry free childhood,keep inspiring us through your posts,Anuj😊👍🏻

  6. Darshana
    Darshana says:

    Loved the post,got me thinking as well as how we had a safe worry free childhood,keep inspiring us through your posts,Anuj😊👍🏻

  7. Dhruti
    Dhruti says:

    Anuj , very nicely written. You are absolutely right we are blessed by God with so many things that we take everything for granted. We should value things we have,focus on our goals and work hard to achieve it. All the best beta for all your future endeavours.

  8. Sheila
    Sheila says:

    We always learn from others and I am so proud of you for taking the time to talk to the performers and learning about them. It is not an easy life but it sure looks like they enjoy what they do. We are blessed to have parents that support us, not everyone does. For that, we thank God each day. Keep up with the blogs!
    Sheila Fai

  9. Vim
    Vim says:

    Your insights are realized by very few at a young age and many never realize them. Making connections early on between your experience and it’s deeper personal meaning leads one toward Jivan Vikas and atmagynan. It’s not only inspiring but I feel you are walking the path toward enlightenment…keep that mind churning


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