Just completed reading about Alice Waters and this statement written by her circa 1993 sums up what I feel are the issues we are all feeling today on some level.
Alice Water's work has had an amazing trajectory and it started with travel, an introduction to a different culture (French) and an instilled Montessori set of values: Direct Sensory Experience, Experimentation, Optimism, Confidence. As I move toward defining my daily 24 hours and divide it into the work of my life and the work of my finances (and hoping to find a groove where I do not have to divide it), I find that there is a lot to learn from Ms. Waters.
I look at the shift in our culture to a DIY foundation, a move away from the corporate and a desire to find work life balance in how we live as an open pioneering quest. Defining structure within an unstructured day has had a fascinating result - the creativity is amazing and the drive to keep that in place moves me to the next level.
So as we all enter this next phase of supporting artisans that have moved from the corporate 9-5 mentality, the forward thinkers that are figuring out what a 24 hour day and a full life means, let's take stock in finding value in things that are not advertised. There is an amazing freedom that comes from removing expectations and leaping into faith of failure and success that is soul opening.
If you want a good book that is less about food and more about authentically living your life, here is a great read: Alice Waters and Chez Panisse by Thomas McNamee. I read the physical book and not the Kindle version which was good in its own way ; )