One of my favorite tv shows of all time is a Netflix original documentary called "Chef's Table." Even if you're not interested in fine dining or the whole food scene in general, you won't regret watching it. From the cinematography to the Emmy award winning music by Duncan Thum, the whole series comes together as an amazing work of art. The show itself is more than about the food or the chefs. It's about how to create something impactful. It's about dedicating yourself to a craft, no matter what the critics say, and perfecting it until you have created something you're proud of. It's about following your dreams and building your purpose.
Watching Chef's Table inspires me. I've seen the series many times, and this past week I decided to watch it again. I wonder why I'm so drawn to shows like this? I love reading and watching documentaries about people, from all walks of life, really. Some are jacks-of-all-trades and some have dedicated their entire lives to become masters of their craft. I think it's a progression we all go through. There is a season of exploration, a season of apprenticeship, a season of mastery, and a season of leadership. I don't necessarily believe we will all experience these seasons, nor do I think they happen in order. They even often repeat themselves. But I do suppose that we are all living in one of the aforementioned "four seasons" at this moment.
There is a quote I’ve been pondering a lot this week by Mark Twain:
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
I think two of the most important things one can do to find the “why” are to keep a list of everything you are grateful for (add to the list daily) and to develop a habit of personal reflection—through either prayer, meditation, writing, or talking. Then one day it will just hit you. Everything will seem clear. You’ll realize that “happiness isn’t something you’ve pursued, but rather ensued.” Meaning, you have the ability to choose your own attitude, choose your own way. Happiness is the result of your choices. No matter the circumstance, “you are the master of your fate, the captain of your soul.”
It’s been one of those weeks. A week of discovery. I’m a romantic at heart. I love being moved. I take great joy in things that awaken the soul: poetry, music, art, ballet, literature, design, etc. I think that’s also why I love traveling so much. The arts help me put things in perspective. They remind me to give more than I take, to serve, to follow my heart, and to love.
This has been a special week, we’ve hung out with friends, met their new kittens, I helped some of my buddies with their resumes, we dropped off some of our favorite street tacos to our sick friends, we went to soccer games, ate good food, and enjoyed some impactful conversations that carry with them interesting, yet exciting changes. Although we still aren’t sure what the next phase of our life together will look like, or where it will take place, Hannah and I are optimistic and anxiously awaiting it.