Over the past couple years, I’ve tried to transform my work into a spiritual practice — not unlike Jiro. As often as I can, I spend a few minutes each morning in meditation with God. On the days I can do that, I find I’m much more at peace with my work. Inviting God into my work changes why I’m working.
I’m reminded of Colossians 3:24:
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Our spiritual relationship and development is tied up in our work. Recognizing that has removed a lot of stress from me.
On the other hand, no matter how dedicated you are to your craft, rest is important:
“Better to have one handful with quietness than two handfuls with hard work and chasing the wind.”
– Ecclesiastes 4:6 NLT
On his deathbed, will Jiro wish he spent more time perfecting sushi? Or will he wish he spent more time with his sons?