Friday, December 2, 2011
I'm asking because I wonder how much it really matters that something looks good. I mean, how much do you have to prove your worth...and to whom?
I can tell you that I've made many a dish that certainly didn't come close to looking like the meal pictured above. I'm not sure I'd be able to prepare a meal like the one I ate pictured above. But I think I can make a delicious meal nonetheless. And I've sent a winning pitch or two to editors while wearing my pajamas. That didn't seem to matter. Of course, I wouldn't have shown up on their doorsteps that way. But you get the picture.
So I'm wondering if we place so much emphasis on how things look at the risk of failing to focus enough on the inside, too.
For the next week, humor me with noting how much attention you place on outside appearances. Do you really care if that woman's shoes are polished or her nails are painted, or his tie is the right shade of blue? Do you notice the restaurants that place chargers under the plates or the ones that use utensils that don't match? Does any of this disturb you to the point that you wouldn't do business with them?
Is presentation everything? Think about it, and tell me what you think. I'm curious.