Monday, April 20, 2009

Monday soups are on!

Sounds like the weather in Baltimore is making it a soup and sandwich kind of day. We have Tomato Pilaf vegan and Roasted Butternut vegetarian.

"It's all a matter of perspective" is a cliche that deserves to be taken seriously. Not to get too far out on the existential limb, but our most basic human and intellectual capacity is the ability to define our own reality. What you believe to be true, is.

When Michael and I were building the Cafe neither of us had the financial resources we knew it would take to get the ball rolling, but we had such a strong vision of the future and were so confident in it's viability those resources made themselves available. The 19th century poet, novelist and natural philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, "At the moment of commitment, the universe conspires to assist you." Something like 95% of restaurants fail in their first year. One could say we were naive. Optimistic would be another perfectly accurate label. Other adjectives such as foolhardy, rash, impulsive and harebrained may also apply.

I believe we created the cafe simply by commiting to a very specific vision and believing it to already be true. The challange is to imagine the future while dealing with day-to-day maintenence and that, my friends, is one of the reasons I'm out here in the mountains recharging my spiritual batteries, as it were.

The morning broke with that crisp freshness the air has after a rain and I took a walk around the hotel. Both of these pictures were taken at exactly the same spot, the difference only a matter of changing the angle by a couple of degrees. A good illustration on the power of perspective.