Okay, okay, I know I just named this series of posts “Random Wednesdays” last week, but I rethought it. Knowing me, these posts will usually be slightly philosophical and thought-provoking – thus, “Food for Thought.” Still on Wednesdays, still random. (And you, of course, get the food punny I’m making, right?)
When I am visiting where I grew up, also where my mom currently lives, I often end up doing as she does, following her regime. On Wednesdays, she goes to Wednesday night dinners at the church, and as usual I followed. As I looked around tonight at the large amount of smiling faces, laughter, and not-so-healthy food, I thought “wow, this is community.” Everyone was sharing and engaged, truly caring about each other. It was wonderful. I live in New York City now, where everyone you pass is a stranger (well, almost, sometimes you spot a celebrity), and I miss feeling a part of a strong, well-established community. We’re all so busy running around that our time to really connect with people becomes so limited. I literally schedule – and then reschedule – time with my friends, forget finding time for a larger community! I have decided that needs to change. I want to get involved somewhere; maybe I’ll volunteer; maybe I’ll create a meet-up group (meetup.com); or maybe I’ll just start a weekly trip to the mountains and commune with the animals… that doesn’t sound too bad actually…
Any ideas? Where do you find community? And why is it important to you?
…food for thought.