Last night I watched The Fisher King (RIP Robin Williams – he was brilliant in this!). I was a sophomore in college when this movie came out and if I had seen it then I wouldn’t have experienced the same take away from it that I did now.
Aside from the actual tale of the Fisher King, there were lots of lessons to be learned from this story. One of the main characters, Parry, is a tortured homeless man in love with a woman he follows every day. Lydia has no idea Parry is completely smitten with her and has all but given up on finding love.
Jack (Parry’s friend) and his girlfriend, Ann, come up with a plan to get Lydia and Parry together over dinner. First, Lydia “wins” a contest at Ann’s video store. While she’s claiming her prize, she notices Ann’s nails and comments how much she likes them. Ann agrees to do Lydia’s nails that night. Meanwhile, Jack helps Parry get ready for the date. He cleans him up, puts a purifying mask on his face and loans him one of his suits.
Since Parry knows Lydia loves dumplings, they go to a Chinese restaurant. They order everything on the menu and laugh over food falling on the floor and rearranging all the plates on the lazy Susan. The date goes so well that they close the restaurant down and are in love by the time Parry walks Lydia home.
Jack and Ann had been going through a difficult time and by seeing how much fun Parry and Lydia had they end up reconnecting and falling back in love by the time they walk home, too.
What did I take away from this? How even the smallest amount of self-care can completely transform you and how connecting over food can break the barriers in relationships.
Success and confidence start with self-care. Self-care is the foundation to build on every part of your life. If you don’t feel good physically guaranteed you’ll suffer mentally and emotionally. Taking care of yourself is the core to how you do everything.
As for food, it provides much more than fuel for your body. When you share a meal with someone, do you realize you’re connecting with that person spiritually? Food can be the catalyst that people need to start talking. Think about how with each bite you become more satisfied and relaxed. Have you ever stayed angry after having a delicious meal?!! Food is the common denominator that every single person can relate to, no matter age, gender, religious or personal beliefs.
So make it a self-care and spiritual Sunday. Get a massage or a mani/pedi and share some fantastic food with your significant other, family or friends. You’re worth it!!!