Weird title? Makes no sense?
Meraki, a Modern Greek word, derived from the Turkish word “Merak” meaning labour of love, is applied to tasks, usually, creative or artistic, but can be applied to any task at all. It means to do something with passion, with absolute devotion and undivided attention. It means taking the time to devote your complete energy and focus on the activity at hand.
It means putting a part of your soul in whatever it is that you do.
No matter how easy or difficult the task may be; even if it is something as mundane as making yourself a cup of coffee, do it with love and enthusiasm. And if you put the tiniest part of yourself in it, believe me it will taste different, it will taste better, maybe even heavenly.
Meraki is in the way you arrange your furniture around the room, it is in the way you cook a meal, it is in the way you wrap your younger sibling’s surprise birthday gift, it is in the way you plan your parents’ anniversary party, it is in the way you lend a hand to you grandparents in everyday tasks, it is in the way you do your homework, it is in the way you study for your tests, it is in the way you work towards fulfilling your dreams.
The idea of adding love and an essence of yourself to everything you do is such a beautiful way to spread love and happiness. Think of it yourself. Putting love, passion and utter dedication in the littlest, most ordinary of jobs. Don’t you think that the end result will be more satisfactory? Will it not make you feel better about yourself?
Someone who loves life and lives it to the hilt, who does everything with zeal, enthusiasm and a great deal of dedication and passion is often referred to as a “Meraklis” in Greece.
Vincent Van Gogh once said that he puts his heart and soul into his work and may have lost his mind in the process, lost it to the madness we call life.
Following it up with “all the best people are crazy” from Alice in Wonderland, don’t you think that the world could really use a little craziness? Don’t you think that the world is too sombre? It seems as if everybody has lost themselves in the humdrum of life.
Think of Alice in Wonderland without the Mad Hatter and his concept of “unbirthdays”, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory without Willy Wonka and his Oompa-Loompas, Aladdin without the Genie and his “PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWERS!” and “itty-bitty living space “. Even the cranky Rabbit from Winnie The Pooh was not immune to Tigger’s bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy fun.
Be crazy. Be silly. Be different. Be whatever you want you want to be. Do what piques your interest and sparks something from within. Do whatever you do with utmost passion, dedication and diligence.
Just be you and let the world see what you can do with all the passion inside.
“And one day she realized that even she could not hold herself back because the fire inside her burned brighter than the fire around.”