Very little to say this week. Well, I thought I had but something's been on my mind, I realise, for a while now. And it's this, some of my team have been on the end of abuse from the rare, but exhaustingly aggressive reactions that they have put up with. Namely people coming into the shop who are either "exempt" or "bloody minded" as my Dad used to say, and who, on being asked to wear a mask, resort to tantrums or verbal abuse. I heard of an example, this week, of a man who came in without a mask and when nicely asked if he had a mask, replied in no uncertain terms that he hadn't and marched out of the shop, shouting over his shoulder that she (the member of the team who'd spoken to him) had been brain washed. This was uncalled for, he had been asked politely and in accordance with company policy and government guidance / law. She was endeavouring to safeguard herself, the team and our customers in the shop at the time. The more I think about this incident, the more I am indignant and angered by his actions. The dreadful lack of awareness, consideration for others and for the suffering his selfish actions could be spreading, quite takes my breath away.
In my youth (which only stopped quite recently, incidentally) I might have been tempted to have rammed my fist down his throat, adding a paper mask to it, for good measure. And I would have thoroughly enjoyed it, revelled in it in fact. Revelled, that is, for somewhere between 10 to 20 minutes, after which I would have started to regret my actions. The problem with being a hot head is that the satisfaction is short lived.
So here's my conundrum. Beat the bloke senseless for being such an arse, or do I take a leaf out the Dalai Lama's book and practice "warm heartedness"? The short term instant gratification of landing one on him, versus the long term satisfaction of persuading someone round to my point of view or, at least, having a conversation where we agree to disagree. I hope I'll always choose the latter.
I would have listened to his reasons, and we would have heard each other. What's more, neither of us would have made an enemy of the other, nor would we be holding each other in contempt. A good, maybe even a great, result. If you're not following my train of thought here, please see my previous emails on the subject of "seeing things from the other person's point of view", here.
At Art of Living Towers, we've had a trying week. We've had another Covid scare in Banstead, which thank fully we've been able to contain, but I have to admit that, along with mask wearing, hand sanitising, deciding that we still need to use masks, for both us and our customers benefit, post 19th July (so called Freedom Day) and the negative reactions of the few, it's all becoming pretty wearing. And so it's this that has prompted my diatribe this morning, and it's also left me remarkably unenthusiastic about selling anything. After last week's email you might be tempted to think that this is just par for the course...
However I'll do my best! So, this week there's a very good offer that may interest you if ever you've thought of owning a power blender, you know the sort of machine that has the power to make a soup hot, not because it has a heating element, but simply because of the speed at which it works and the friction of the blade passing through the soup.... So Vitamix who are the class leader, and with whom we have had a very long and happy relationship, have a base model the "Explorian" which is de-spec'd, with a slightly less powerful motor than other models (but still 2 horse power!) a smaller 1.4 litre jug and no pre-set programme buttons, and this brings the price crashing down from well over £600 to a slightly less eye watering £349. It will still do all the jobs that the one we have at home does, and that Babette (and the girls and Jonathan) use regularly.
All that will be needed is a little learning to know how long to leave the food in and on what setting.
Just phone the shops for help or advice should you need it, but the machine does come with a book.
And now, as if this was not enough of a great machine for that price, for this weekend only I am letting you have one of these babies for only £299.
Shop Vitamix Explorian E310 Blender
Explore all the amazing things you can make with your Vitamix, from steaming-hot soup to frozen sorbet, from chunky salsa to silky smoothies and more!
Explore new ingredients, create classics, never get bored.
Suitable for small family use, in power blending terms, this is a lot of machine for your money.
It will also make your nut butters, humus, hot raw soup, ice-creams, oat milks and, let us not forget, the very important margarita... other cocktails are available
I hope you have a good and peaceful weekend.