The Iranian Waiter 🇮🇷 | 61

In this edition we build off of our previous episode about perspective to talk about lessons learned from unlikely sources. In this case, an Iranian waiter in Germany.


music by Dyalla Swain


hello and welcome to poking fun the show
where we highlight the good in the world
from the extraordinary to the everyday
in this particular edition I am back up
on a mountain outside of Boise Idaho
it’s a Saturday when I’m recording this
my son rainy is about to go skiing at
his race and I decided to do some more
snowshoeing and there is something about
skiing that just I grew up with watching
kids in junior high can I break their
legs and what that would do to them and
so when I was in the military for
years I didn’t want to do anything that
would injure myself outside of work
because we really wanted to work my way
to where I could finish out my years
and get my retirement and I was able to
do that but there’s something that all
of those years of avoiding learning how
to ski that has gotten me to the point
where I don’t really have it on my
bucket list and but I do like coming up
here and I’ve had a pair of snowshoes
for but you know plus years now and
it’s kind of nice to get some use out of
them do some hiking when everything’s
covered in snow and it’s been really
enjoyable so in our previous episode we
talked about lemons we got to listen to
Augustus Martinez for a talking about
lemon pick lemon picking in California
during the Great Depression and then up
until when he recorded that
interview that interview is part of the
Library of Congress and there’s a really
neat phrase in there that Brent our
photographer friend or friend of the
show up in Canada pointed out and it was
a gust is saying that we go further when
we work together right and I’ve actually
brought that quote into work and it’s
kind of interesting normally when you
bring a quote into work you’ll bring
your quote into work from somebody who’s
famous right and in this particular case
I’m bringing in a quote from a gentleman
who picked lemons in California during
the Depression and you know you don’t
have to be famous you don’t have to be a
worldly important to make a difference
but there are going to be you know lots
of people at work that gets to see that
quote and understand what it means to me
is this is somebody who thoughtfully
looked at how to improve their situation
when times were not just hard but
really hard and you could hear in our
episode the good job he did and looking
at his life in a situation and working
through those hard times and and that’s
a great example and that quote is a
great example of how we can work through
and do hard things so I’ve just hiked
almost to the summit up here in Boise
this morning I’m recording just off to
the side trying to get a spot that’s a
little bit out of the wind my voice is a
little hoarse there’s a some significant
elevation difference between the
elevation they live at and where I’m at
right now
and so I’ve got acclimatize / – this I
didn’t get all the way to the top I’ll
work on that before the snow melts to
try to get all the way to top but you
know I’ve learned something in the
process of snowshoeing and you may hear
a snowboarder and skier just out in
front of me I’ve learned something in
the process of snowshoeing I can’t take
big strides going uphill that’s take
small steps and you know you put a bunch
of small steps together and next thing
you know you’re a lot further up the
summit than you were before and I looked
at my wife and I told her I was like you
know I’ve learned this lesson about
taking small steps I can’t take big ones
she kind of gives me the look this
morning of yeah da Jacob you know maybe
you should learn that in the rest of
your life as well
and that’s part of what I’ve applied in
in this podcasts I started with small
steps of just hey let’s see what I can
record with an iPhone right and now I’ve
upgraded to having a better microphone
and an iPhone but I still like the
ability to be portable when doing a
podcast because it lets me be able to
take you guys places and feels feels a
lot more connected it feels like I have
the opportunity to share what I see in
the moment as opposed to just after the
moment and so just in front of me is one
of the more difficult ski runs one of
the steeper ski runs here focus I’m
underneath the pine tree that when the
breeze kicks off it’s shedding some of
the snow that’s sitting on top of it and
it’s dripping on me it’s not a big deal
out in front of me are some gorgeous
mountains the north side of which is
covered in snow right and then the other
side of which is melted off right we’re
kind of we’ve had a bit of rain so at
lower elevations we’ve lost a bit of our
snow cover up here looking and scanning
off to my right there beautiful the
valleys that are covered in fog
and mountains for miles and miles you
know some of them were a little more
rounded some of them a little more
jagged as you go off into the distance
it’s cloudy today and I kind of prefer a
slightly cloudy day
I’ve blue eyes and so my son and my my
eyes are very sensitive to bright light
and so I don’t have to wear my
sunglasses and I can drink this in just
as it looks out in front of me and it’s
just beautiful and gorgeous so this
episode though and that’s kind of a long
intro but this episode is really an
opportunity for me to talk to you guys
about one of the other podcasts I listen
to it’s called I see old people and it’s
done by a gentleman who introduces
himself as dr. Bruce and he is up in
Canada he’s in the eastern part of
Canada and it’s so interesting his
perspective the premise of his podcast
is he woke up and at one morning he
realized that he was the old person that
he had never thought he’d become and so
he does a the podcast format is like a
continuous thought similar to this one
and he shares what it’s like to get
older and the experiences that happen
and he gets to also interview some folks
who are senior to him that he views as
examples for what they’ve gone through
and hid their life and I just love the
way he talks about that phase of life
one of the reasons for me getting out
and trying to be more active is because
I’m also similarly noticing that I’m
getting older and I want to be active
enough to do things as I get older and
do things with my kids and so that’s one
of the things I’m going to keep going
and doing one of the goals I set a month
and a half ago is to run six miles in a
week and I was able to do that this week
I I didn’t exercise at all after I got
out of the military because I didn’t
have that structure and I didn’t know if
I wanted to choose I had to take a while
like a year to figure out what sort of
structure for keeping fit I wanted to
choose right when I didn’t have anybody
telling me their version of it what
would it be the version I would choose
so I strongly recommend it if you guys
have the time listen to and engage in
the I see old people of hod cast dr.
Bruce does a good job bringing in over
two veterans years old still kicking
strong and doing amazing things and
he also talks about some of the
challenges that occur in the later
stages of life you know that talks about
how the government of canada has an
actual driver’s test for people who are
getting on in years and you know % of
them pass and how that test is
essentially designed to discriminate
people who may have some slight memory
issues but who are otherwise safe on the
road from being able to enjoy driving
and he’s very passionate about some of
the issues that folks face you know in
the baby boomer and post baby boomer
generations that are getting on in there
and it’s a really fascinating podcast to
listen to and when you listen to the
adventures and the things that people
have done especially the people who’s
interviewed you know it’s a lot like
climbing this mountain it’s they didn’t
start off trying to live an adventurous
life it just turned out that way because
those small steps they made along the
way and you can look back now at the
perspective they have kind of like the
perspective you have from being on top
of the mountain right and realize these
guys have a lot of value Dada they’ve
they’ve conquered some great things one
small step at a time and it’s beautiful
to watch so give I see old people listen
if you’re looking for another podcast to
kind of poke around add and if you get a
chance to engage dr. Bruce he’s just
finished talking about a surgery that
had some complications in his recovery
phase and and the challenges he’s
dealing with that and I’m really
grateful he’s out there talking about
that because my parents don’t talk about
that phase of life they don’t talk about
the challenges that they face and as I
face those I want to be prepared I want
to when I have an idea I don’t want to
be surprised you know as I move into the
next years of what life is like and
my parents will help me and guide me
through a portion of that but there’s
also a portion where there it’s just not
their style that communicates so I’m so
glad dr. Bruce is out there sharing that
perspective and I hope you guys can
share yours today mine is on top of the
mountain it’s a great one to share
sometimes you guys know this podcast is
just recorded in my car in a closet or
walking through Boise Idaho wherever I
happen to be we all have a perspective
to share and this is a way I can share
it so thank you guys for listening
we like to finish off every episode with
a couple of challenges so I say hey if
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by a challenge that remember in a world
where you can literally choose to be
anything oh why not choose to be
grateful I’m Jacob and thanks for
joining us today I’m glad you’re here