Omakase is a Japanese phrase that means “I’ll leave it to you,” people order this in sushi restaurants with the understanding that chefs will present a series of carefully curated dishes ranging from light through to heavy that she/he thinks is the best arrangement for the day. I learned about this when I had the chance to eat at one of the best Japanese restaurants ever, the idea was so profound that it stuck with me. The spirit of trusting the chef to serve what is considered the best is really intriguing, especially when you don’t know what you’re going to get and if you're like me, you’ve barely eaten much Japanese food throughout your life.
More often then not, people are most comfortable when they are in control. We can all relate to this. When the restaurant server told me that omakase was an option, I immediately wanted to translate this idea into other facets of my life, not just dining. Trust. Trust, that someone/something is aligning with your needs. Trust that the world knows what you need, right when you need it. Why don’t we do this more? When we’re frustrated, it’s usually because we don’t have control & we’re fighting for it. Instead of the uphill, there’s often another better way, but it requires a level of intuition that comes from somewhere else. There’s too much noise and other distractions fighting for your attention, intuition can get lost in the filters. But, intuition has never failed, it’s powerful and the practice of omakase fundamentally brings about this level of awareness.
Never the less, that evening we ordered omakase. It was one of the best meals I had ever eaten, 10 plates of awesome. Each serving was presented with character, in beautiful sequence, with attentiveness to timing that built up a dynamic for great conversation. I ate pure deliciousness. I walked away with a new way to see & handle things. And man, it was worth every bit of my time. I digress.