In researching ‘The Artisan’s” Star, especially in conversations with my Italian family, and the ever resourceful people of Florence I came upon a revelation. And it may not be a revelation to those more astute than I but it was a revelation nonetheless. In today’s fast paced and ever more electronic world there are numerous stories about how one must escape one’s responsibilities, take off for a contemplative spot -a Caribbean island perhaps. I would opt for a quiet cove in Capri. There is much to be said for this. It allows us to take a deep breath, think, create, discover solutions.
There is another way however, one which is much more realistic for most of us. Do as the Italians do; create those special moments as part of , not separate from, one’s daily challenges and responsibilities.Enjoy that morning espresso for a minute longer. Walk to work, across a park if you can, talk to the barista, notice everything around you. When you’re rushing to make dinner in the evening enjoy what you touch and chop up, play music, sip a wine. Build sensory pleasures into everything you do. Fresh flowers on your desk, a note on beautiful stationary. Don’t wait for that expensive vacation you will stress about paying for much later. Live now and in the moment. You are the artisan of your own life, craft it to be beautiful and memorable.by