Today’s announcement of Chef Anthony Bourdain’s suicide resonates like a ruthlessly plucked guitar string slapping against the wood. The sharp palpable “NO” and reverberating sense of confusion and loss of another icon leaves me with one single thought. Humanity. Bourdain, like Robin Williams, was a person chased by the demons of addiction. Like Robin, his public appearances showed a man who carried his struggles with him and allowed those struggles to humanize him. Oh, the humanity that allows us to see each other as we are and celebrate the very best we see in each other. Thank you, Anthony, and thank you, Robin. I celebrate you and wish you peace.
“Everything that’s created comes out of silence. Your thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence. Your words come out of this void. Your very essence emerged from emptiness. All creativity requires some stillness.”
Here is a great video explaining the Dunning-Kruger Effect and how the perception of ability and actual ability differ. It’s also why employers should be wary of people who think they are an expert at something.
How many times do we go somewhere, and we’re busy thinking about where we have to go next so we forget? We forget to arrive. We forget to check in being fully present where we are. It’s pretty easy to casually check our phone, to bring our stress with us. None of us can dictate the future or change the past. We only have now. So let’s remember that when we show up, to arrive.