I didn’t pick this documentary.

Couple a weeks ago, my friend Angel said “DUDE.  WATCH THIS.”

And I was all, I don’t like sushi.  Why would I watch that film?

But today while I was eating my lunch, I switched it on and was instantly hooked.  This movie is not about sushi.  It’s about dedication to work, honing a craft, and a life intensely lived.  All things I want to be.

My favorite quote came within the first 30 seconds of the film.

Once you decide on your occupation… you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success… and is the key to being regarded honorably.

So, I don’t make sushi.

But I HAVE decided on my occupation (being a mama, keeping house, doing part-time bookkeeping from home) yet I often don’t immerse myself in it.  I love what I do, but sometimes I don’t push myself to be passionate about what I do.  And then I find myself complaining, which is ridiculous when you think about it.  I am dedicated to what I do, but I need to master it.

Jiro, you rule.

I don’t like sushi, but I do like you.

(Also – this film is aesthetically beautiful.  Even the parts with the dead/dying fish.  It will blow your pants off.)