K.C. nudged me to watch the documentary "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" (available on Netflix). Who would think a documentary about Sushi would be interesting? It was!
Jiro Ono is an 85 year old sushi master with a Michelin three star restaurant in Japan. The sushi starts at 30,000 yen - $300 and reservations are required a month in advance. It was fascinating to understand the attention to every detail including the presentation and delivery of the sushi to the patron.
"You are consuming Jiro's philosophy with every bite" states his son. It shows how a singular focus on being the best at what you can be - a craft that you love and becomes you - can bring you peace and joy. You can see it in Jiro Ono's eyes and his smile. And you hear his philosophy from what his sons have learned: "Always try to improve yourself. That's what he [Jiro -my father] taught me. Always strive to elevate your craft."
Jiro talks about his passion saying that even as a child he would dream about sushi - his mind bursting with ideas and visions of sushi. For everyone and everything there is a purpose that aligns talent with delivery. There is a place for everyone to contribute and become a master.
"You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That is the secret of success and is the key to being regarded honorably" Jiro Ono