A Warrior for Good

It’s late in the evening on Friday, June 8, 2018.  It has been a day filled with sadness and longing for our friend Anthony Bourdain, whose physical presence is no longer with us. 

I say our friend, because he was just that.  Most of us didn’t know him personally, but we felt like we did.   He had a way about him that was truly unique.   He had a gift of making everyone feel at ease, feel accepted, feel important, feel seen and noticed, feel special.  He had an uncanny ability, with the help of his team, of course, to make you feel those things even through a screen.  Most inspiring was his ability to make you want to live just like him.  The positive effect on the world this had, we’ll never be able to quantify.

The littlest things would give me chills while watching Anthony interact with the people that touched him and moved him on his travels.  The simple exchange of smiles that you knew where genuine and truly felt was enough to make you believe that there was real hope in this world.  Yes, there is war. There are atrocities every day, but look…look how the world can be. Look and admire its beauty.  We salivated, our stomachs and taste buds energized by his food experiences, yes.  But those moments, when he sat and listened at their tables, to people from all walks of life, from every corner of this amazing globe, those moment reminded us what humanity is or perhaps should be.  Is there anything more beautiful, more human than sharing a meal around a table with strangers from a place very different than where you are from?

Anthony Bourdain spread the most eloquent and important of gospels.  We feel so sad to have lost this warrior for good.  If only his shows could make their way into a worldwide standard school curriculum.  I mean this seriously, for his defining lesson to us all is that this world is most certainly beautiful, and that beauty lies in how different we all are. And that beauty is absolutely best appreciated when shared and enjoyed by all—ideally around a table filled with delicious food, prepared with care, purpose, and love.