Nov 5th

Go ahead and say it. Life is hard sometimes.

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Recently I participated in a book event. While having conversations with people in attendance about the importance of sharing a meal one time a day, many people commented about how complex life has become.

As I told the nice people I met this day, I wholeheartedly agree that life has become more complex, in a million different ways.

Life being so complex is the very reason I wrote my book.

My mission is to help people address the complexities of their schedules and lifestyles so they can give themselves the gift of a daily shared meal.

My book The Shared-Meal Revolution doesn’t pretend that the challenges we all face in getting meals together don’t exist, but rather provides a new way to address the challenges, and look at the shared-meal experience and various related activities as an investment in ourselves, our families, and communities.

It’s about people working together.  Cooperatively, and with a plan.

Not trying to navigate the ever-increasing complexity by sheer will power.

And not by assuming that women are the default producers of meals.

I read an article in TIME magazine recently about science-based ways to be happier. One  idea that caught my eye was this:

“Acknowledging the complexity of life may be an especially fruitful path to well being.”

Let’s collectively acknowledge that getting a meal on the table every day, breakfast, lunch, dinner, for your family, your kids, your friends, your neighbors…whatever your circumstances may be, does have its challenges.

But creating a shared-meal ritual, one time a day, is possible.

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Practicing a daily shared-meal ritual brings you many benefits that you enjoy year over year including psychological stability in our complex, often fragmented world, and a comforting feeling of connection.  Taking the time to share a meal every day makes life feel more simple.

All you need do is turn on the TV any day to how our world is full of partisanship and divide.

Sharing a meal daily is one workable way we can come together for the common good.

Join me.

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If you’d like to learn more about addressing obstacles in your life that keep you from sharing meals with others, see The Shared-Meal Revolution (book) or visit my website. You can also reach me at carol@shared-meals.com with any questions or comments.

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