Welcome to the first Five Minute Friday of 2017!
I hope you had a great start into the new year and are excited for everything that’s to come. Despite all the hardships and challenges, may you have always discover beauty in the ordinary around you.
A new year is often a good chance to start or try something new.
I have lived in my new apartment for three months now. Since I also started a new job, my life has mostly consisted of sleeping, working and eating. I know the way to the grocery store, to the underground station and back to my apartment. That sounds a little depressing, I know.
In the new year it might be time to connect more.
Connect with the place I live in. This last week I wandered through the city a little bit and discovered some amazing things. Cobbled stoned, tiny streets that remind me of my last home. Market places with food from all over the world. Cafés that invite you in for a hot chocolate on a cold winter day.
Connect with the people around me.
Beautiful houses and streets are wonderful, but people are the real adventure. Their stories are what makes life rich, messy, emotional, deep…life.
So I want to meet people and listen to their stories.
I want to invite them into my home and my life.
I want to gather people from different walks of life around my table.
I want to share a meal and more than that, a bit of myself.
Food has become one of the most underrated things in our culture. We buy more than we need and we wolf it down on our way to the next five appointments. We go out instead of taking the time to really prepare food and then enjoy what our hands have made. We don’t appreciate the different smells and tastes anymore because we don’t make time for it.
So we miss out on so much.
We miss the memories food can bring up of childhood days and all the fun we had.
We miss the blessing of fellowship around the table that food magically creates.
We miss the depth when people answer your gift of hospitality with their gift of honesty and authenticity.
Never underestimate the power of food, y’all.
We all have to eat at some point, so why not make more time to do so together?
Where and how can you connect more with the people around you this year?
Writing for Five Minute Friday today. A community of writers gathers every Friday to write on one prompt for five minutes. No editing, just sharing. Why don’t you join us for 2017?