One of our partners gave me a homework assignment a few months ago and told me I needed to go see the film, The Pursuit of Happyness. Schedule prohibited me seeing it in the theatre, so I had to wait to rent it. I did so this weekend.

There are lots of “pursue your dream” types of stories out there, and I’ve seen my share of them over the years. Field of Dreams comes to mind as one of them. We all remember the popular line, If you build it, they will come. You’ve probably used that line somewhere in conversation. I know I have.

But when you are actually in the process of building a dream, it sets a movie like The Pursuit of Happyness in a whole new light. Even though the main character experienced much more hardship than I have, I could still identify with the risks he took and what was on the line in the event of complete failure. Halfway through, I felt very depressed. I had to remind myself that this is not my story and that this one does have a happy ending.

My takeaway thought that has stuck with me comes from the title of the movie. A question was raised, could it be that Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence used the phrase, the pursuit of happiness, because happiness doesn’t just happen? Happiness is something we chase, something we make effort to find and have. Is this what I am after by creating bread&cup?

The answer is yes! We hope bread&cup is a place where we will be happy to show up to work everyday. We hope it will be a place where you and your friends will stop in, enjoy and leave happy.

One of my favorite quotes comes from the book, The Soul of a Chef, by Michael Ruhlman. He follows the careers of three chhefs, each with very different backgrounds and styles of cooking. He describes in detail what they do and how they got to where they are. In summary, he states this of the three men:

…in fact all three of these chefs had stated that a main reason, if not the reason, they cooked was that simple; to make people happy. If they failed in this, the work was for nothing. Didn’t matter how good the technique was, how artful the food, or the personal standards they’d brought to bear on it.

Here’s to happiness. [sound of glasses clinking]

We’ll set the table; you bring the conversation.

The Pursuit of Happyness