Saturday, April 13, 2013

Jiro Dreams Of Sushi...An Example of Living Life Well



Movie Trailer:  Jiro Dreams Of Sushi




I had seen this film a couple of times last year on Cable.

Besides making me so hungry for Sushi
that after watching it, I went out to eat Sushi...
this film illustrates so much of what defines living life well.

To...
 have a deep love and passion...
 be able to make it a career...
make a good living from it...
be able to innovate...
use creativity...
strive for perfection...
help or serve others in the process...
teach others your successful path in life...
 is living your life well.


You know it when...
you wake up energized...
full of enthusiasm and anticipation for your day's work...
you love what you are doing...
you feel supremely and deeply satisfied after work...
you look forward to going back to work...
you dream of it.

It affects all aspects of your life.

You love so many of the simple joys in life.

When you look at the mountains...
the lakes and streams...
 the trees...
the sky...
the sunrise and sunset...
the clouds, the stars and the moon...
great symphonies play in your mind...
they are yours...
they take on a deep meaning.

Their permanence...
their stability...
the way they stand out from the rest...
they way they exude pure translucent colors...
the way they shine...
they are all metaphors for life.

There simply is no other way to live life
than one filled with a deep passion and love
for everything pure and good...
for your work...
for the simple pleasures all around us.

This concept is the one I stress most of all...
with my son, Alex.


You don't have to be wealthy to live life with a passion.

But, you simply must love life...if you are to live your life well.


Jiro fell in love with his work.

To be in love...
is to know something of which you value
more than anything else.

It is something in which you wish to fully immerse yourself.

It is all consuming...
yet, filled with the freedom from fear or dread...
for you have found something which no one can take away.

A true love gives one courage...
energy...a deep sense of purpose...
for you will do anything to fulfill it.

This feeling is what drives people toward perfection...
for they then become true artists.


I tell my son, Alex...
that should he ever feel any other way about life...
then there is something wrong...
that it is indicative of a need to correct something in his life.

To always have an inner sense of deep happiness should be the norm in life...
and not the exception.

To be in love with life means that you are on the correct path in it.

It means you are steadily working toward your goals...
that you have a sense of future...
a sense of adventure.

To live in this way...
is to be light hearted...
to be able to see humor in life...
and to be able to be happy in solitude
(rather than needing others to make you happy).


Alex has seen this documentary...
and I have discussed his views of it.

He understands the concepts illustrated within...
and how they apply to everyday life.

Alex admires Jiro's passion and drive...
his striving for perfection...
and, of course, his success.

He knows that Jiro took great care with every aspect of his profession...
that he had sought to master his art
because of his great passion and love for it.

He also knows that the key to his success 
was his determination and commitment.

Jiro bravely went forth and conquered
because he coupled his dreams to positive action...
rather than merely dreaming about it...
and living with the regret of unfulfilled desires.

And so, Jiro dreams out of passion...
coupled with the satisfaction that he had 
chosen a way of life which has deep meaning for him...
and which has given him deep meaning in life.


This is a very good documentary to watch with children.

It takes the sometimes negative notion of the word "work"...
and gives a positive perspective to the word...
and changes it to the concept of...
 one's calling in life.

A child may see, in Jiro's demeanor...
a somewhat stern appearance...
however, you may wish to explain that true inner happiness
is so sublime that it transcends outward expression of momentary happiness.
It is so profoundly deep...something that changes lives forever...
that it is considered extremely private.

This is especially true in the Japanese society.
To show outward happiness without apparent cause...
is considered to be rude in many occasions because it is 
not taking into account that others may not be feeling the same way.

Some look upon it as rubbing salt in open wounds...
or the person may be accused of displaying happiness
in order to falsely give an impression of being greatly fortunate in his life.

The older generations of Japanese practice subduing most emotions...
especially in public...as it is considered to be in poor form otherwise.


One warning...
BEFORE watching this documentary...
have a high quality Sushi restaurant already picked out.
You will wish to eat Sushi after seeing this.

Believe me...
if you don't...
you, too, will be dreaming of Sushi :)



2 comments:

  1. Looks like a great movie... I'm feeling a little hungry for sushi just from watching the trailer. :) Our local public library has a copy so we will have to check it out sometime. Thanks for the tip!

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  2. I've never had a movie get me so hungry before this one :)

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