Joie de Vivre

I don’t know if you have Netflix or not, but there’s something I recommend you watch. The series “Somebody Feed Phil” start Phil Rosenthal, the creator, writer, and executive producer of “Everybody Loves Raymond”. Even if you didn’t like that show, I still strongly suggest you watch at least one episode of this series on Netflix.

The reason for the recommendation isn’t necessarily because it’s anything new; It’s another travel food show. The thing I love about this show isn’t all the random places he shows off or the food he eats. People like Guy Fieri, Andrew Zimmern, and the late Anthony Bourdain have done food travel shows and displayed some intriguing foods and great locations from around the United States and around the World. They’ve done so with their own unique personalities and sharing their own expertise creating some great shows.

However, after watching one episode of “Somebody Feed Phil,” I don’t think I’ve seen any of the others display what Phil displays during his trips. Phil will be eating something new to him, enjoy the flavor, show this huge smile, and then get random people to try what he’s having. Phil will eat something and then share it with his crew. Phil will make friends of everyone he meets in a way where the connection isn’t even the food.

Phil exhibits a great joy of life that is seldom seen. He enjoys something and he wants to bring others into that joy. He wants others to have the experience of great food and drink. He seeks to experience what others enjoy so that he can be a part of it, too. This, to me, is amazing. I tend to do my best to enjoy life in everything I do. However, I know I am nowhere near this level of enjoyment.

So, I encourage you to watch this show, see what I mean, and then, maybe, try to emulate it. Life is something amazing. It’s fun, sad, happy, tragic, long, and short. It has ups and downs. There is so much more to life than just existing, working a 9-5, paying bills, and living a life of worry. Even if you can’t live every moment enjoying everything, find a moment to enjoy. Then, find the next one, and the next one, and the next…

Perhaps after finding a series of moments, you’ll find your way to your own joy of life.

Until next time


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