If you’re going into 2017 feeling like this is the year you are truly going to make those New Year resolutions count, let me encourage you to add one more to the list: Finding more time to gather around the table together with those that you love!
There are countless studies that speak to the importance of “gathering” in building communities and fostering relationships, but did you know this time spent together is also a great way to stay attuned to how your children are doing at school and amongst their peers offering insight to any issues that can be addressed early on? How your adult friends are doing in relationships, at work and with their families that could potentially be addressed before a bigger issue arises? It’s amazing the power food can play in bringing people together, no matter the table, cuisine or reason at hand.
Regardless of the table, location or cuisine, there are simple ways this can be done. From coffee and a stroll on the beach, hot cocoa at the park, pizza on a sunroof overlooking the Los Angeles skyline below, or ice cream floats at the pier, it doesn’t have to be elaborate or “fussy.” In fact, it’s the simple act of using food as the vehicle in uniting that counts. What you actually eat – or sip – is completely up to you and ultimately, irrelevant to the time spent together, connecting over the conversation at hand.
Another way is through a nightly or weekly routine whether it’s Sunday supper with family and friends or school night supper where your family tightly nestles around one table sharing in the day’s triumphs and tribulations.
Regardless of where your table may be, and whom may be gathering around it, I encourage you to find more opportunities to gather around the table together with those that you love and truly relish in every moment!
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Cheers to starting a new tradition around The Table Together!
Founder and true believer in the power of bringing people around The Table Together!