Have you ever had a friend do something truly awe-inspiring? I have. They’re sticky, those moments.
I once had a friend teach herself how to play the guitar within a matter of months, then start composing award-winning music. As I sat listening to her latest song, it felt like every conceivable emotional response twisted in my gut. But the greatest of these was awe.
I also remember a different friend unveiling a painting of her ancestral home in the Philippines. The hyper realism of the work accentuated the drama of the scene — thunderclouds rolling in off the mountains, sunlight catching the rice growing in the foreground, the contrast of light and dark. It was a moody painting and utterly breathtaking.
Surely, you’ve had these moments. I have other friends who play instruments — and play them well. Other friends who are artists. But these are the moments and times that stand out. Why? Because of awe.
My most recent adventure in feeling awe at how … accomplished … a friend is came while reading my friend Jenny’s newest cookbook, The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle.