“People want that gathering together. The table is magical. When you’re at the table, you’re open and your defenses are down.”
– Lidia Bastianich, host of PBS “Lidia’s Italy”
Mealtimes seem to be a time of the past. We eat in our cars and desks or even holding a power bar walking out the door… and yet Lidia points out how we can find deep caring and nourishment at the table. It’s not just sharing food, but also sharing of our hearts and feelings. It’s a time to be a sounding board and to have sounding boards…from people who truly care about you. It’s a time to relax, and yet also profound as some of the most important issues in your life may come out in a casual way.
Don’t miss this time with your loved ones. “The table is magical.” Or I might add “The people at the table are magical.”
“I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view.”
― Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay
Some people will change you.
Let it happen!
Sometimes it might be an inspiring professional talk by John Maxwell or Steven Covey. It might be how your Great Aunt gave you some advice, or your cousin who helped you see things in a different light.
It also might be your neighbor who taught you to be more selfless.
A homeless person who taught you more compassion.
A cheerful bus driver.
Or a post office worker who showed excellent joy- yes! – in taking your package in what might be considered a humdrum day.
All these things can startle you into a greater sense of living a life of love.
I highly recommend being positively affected by others… and then you yourself can jolt into joy, and be the model for someone else!
Large Banyan Tree at Riverbend Park Jupiter Florida
There are many images that come to mind when we think of Asia, from dragons to beautiful beaches, spanning varied cultures. One of my favorite views is that of the banyan tree, for it must be strongly grounded in the earth, which also allows its larger branches and leaves to provide overreaching shade.
“My goal is to extract a design that emerges from the essence of the music rather than to decorate its story… This process usually takes two to three months of immersing myself in the opera by listening to it 200 to 300 times.” – Jun Kaneko