Bon Appetit

Written by Dan Seaborn on . Posted in Local

dan seabornWould you sit at a table with 21 other people and then have a crane hoist that table l65 feet in the air so you could enjoy a unique dining experience? Many people have done just that and paid over $10,000 for the chance. It's called Dinner in the Sky and it's available to rent in most countries.

If that's not your cup of tea, how much would you be willing to pay for a great meal on the ground? Some of you may say $1,000 while others would go even higher. Still some people wouldn't go beyond $20 for a decent meal.

Recently I was talking with a gentleman who told me he was one of the top chefs at one of the most elite restaurants in all of the United States and perhaps the world. I joked with him that maybe my wife and I would go there and drop a couple hundred bucks.
He laughed at me and said, "Dan, it's pretty common—now get ready for this—it's pretty common to have a couple come in on a weekly basis and spend at least $50,000 plus a 20 percent gratuity ON A MEAL!"

I initially thought I had misunderstood him. So I asked him to repeat what he had just said. And when he repeated $50,000, my bottom jaw dropped just a bit when I realized that would pay for pretty much all the cars sitting in my driveway and a couple of my neighbors!

As I thought about it and got past thinking it was outrageous to spend that much money on a meal, I realized that it's all about perspective. If you make a couple million dollars a year, is that amount really shocking? What about the perspective that these couples are helping that restaurant stay in business and keep people employed.

Sometimes I feel like the things I do for my family are a little exorbitant. We've gone out to a local restaurant and easily dropped $75 and I think man that is an expensive meal. Someone else, who barely has food on their table, might think of me dropping $75 on a meal the same way I think of someone else who drops $50,000. Again it comes back to perspective.

The important thing is that we learn to be content in all situations no matter how much we can or can't afford to spend on breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I asked this gentleman if the people who spent this kind of money at the restaurant looked happy. Although he can't say for sure, he replied that very often they don't look as happy as we think they should be having that kind of money to spend.

I have talked to many people who have traveled to third world countries for mission trips. They usually always come back and talk about how happy the people there are despite having practically nothing in terms of material goods. I found myself contemplating that it's not about what we have but about what we have inside—the peace and contentment.

I would challenge you to make sure in your life that you are not chasing $50,000 dinner plates but instead are grateful for whatever you do have today. It's important that you teach that principle to your children so that everyone can win at home.

Suddenly, a thick, juicy steak off my backyard grill sounds quite appealing.

Bon Appétit!
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Dan Seaborn
Dan Seaborn is the founder of Winning At Home, Inc., an organization designed to assist and encourage people of all ages and stages of family development. As a featured speaker at churches and large-scale events such as marriage conferences, corporate functions, and university assemblies, Dan Seaborn has earned recognition as a powerful and passionate communicator. Through practical illustrations and memorable real-life examples, he encourages individuals and families to lead Christ-centered homes.

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