Yesterday I read a post titled, Completeness from Thom Pastor’s food, business and life blog (this is the Thom that rode his bike 400+ miles to Beer Camp).  With permission, I am sharing his post.

Although short, Completeness  exemplifies  how we can learn to live through new eyes. It reminds me that we have potential for insight and fulfillment by asserting an awareness of what fabricates our lives.

This a drawing from my five year old. It was an a-ha moment for me.

She drew the car, then clouds, then the ground. She paused. Then she said, “I need to draw the air.” Followed by the zig zag lines. And she was done.

Her little world was not complete until it was all colored in. This is the opposite of the short-sided view we are all so guilty of in our professional pursuits.

The first thing I attempt when taking over a kitchen is to get in physical order. This is a non-negotiable first order of business for me. The one, consistent, flaw with this plan is that it allows me to ignore the air. You have to be very perceptive and diligent to properly draw the air. Especially in a high stress environment like a professional kitchen.

It’s actually quite easy to take a physical space and dress it beautifully, all the while allowing it to be empty and passionless. This is the showroom floor at IKEA; the unfamiliar faces in hardwood frames at a frame shop. They are beautiful, but shallow; lifeless.

When crafting your world always remember how important it is to draw the air.

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