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.
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.
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 email@example.com with any questions or comments.