Any business can have an immense effect on a business owner’s emotions, especially in the restaurant business. And those emotions are subsequently directed back at the business. It’s that passion that got the entrepreneur involved in the first place but it can also hurt as well.

“You should always let the sun go down on your anger”

“Party of One” by Brandi Carlile

My take on the subject

I interpret these lyrics to mean that there should be no anger before going to sleep. Put it to bed. Rest is needed and tomorrow is a new day. The high tempo of a restaurant can force emotions to affect judgements in a negative manner.

I’m not usually a bible quoter, but Ephesians 4:26-27 states: “Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” These biblical words reinforce my lyrical interpretation.

It’s unavoidable

There is so much detail coupled with artistic influences in upscale dining that interactions resulting in disagreements with associates, co-workers, and support services cannot be avoided. This is especially so with family.

When it hits close to home

I remember my brother and me having an argument regarding the lighting of the bistro we were building. I had left the restaurant that day in a huff and got a speeding ticket on the way home. I realized that I had to slow down, in a number of ways. It was a minor wake-up call that I had the good fortune to identify and accept.

I was able to soothe the hurt, keep perspective, and learn from it. We did compromise on the final aesthetics, although establishing the dining environment can be quite personal. It’s a business, and that requires a cool-headed approach at all times. Your well-being will thank you for it.