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Share Your Table

reinventing the Sunday dinner

Every time I visit my massage therapist, which is never often enough, I notice a lithograph she has on her wall. It says “Share Your Table”. While I have never asked exactly what it means, when she is kneading my sore muscles my mind wanders to what it means to me.

With the fast pace in which society moves we have allowed certain traditions to go by the wayside. One of these traditions is “Sunday Dinner”. I remember as an adolescent my mother preparing dinner with great care then our family sitting down to good home cooked meal and conversations. Regardless of faith, Sunday is always a great day for some kind of reflection and gathering. For some it is revered as the Sabbath for others it is the beginning of the week and a good time to mentally prepare for the week ahead.

When engaging in a Sunday dinner, consider making it a potluck. If you are not familiar with potluck, I assure you it has little to do with pot or luck for that matter and has more to do with having each guest bringing a dish. A Sunday potluck dinner has benefits twofold.

It gives us all an opportunity to learn new recipes and tastes. It also gives us an opportunity to perhaps pass healthy eating habits forward thus improving the quality of the lives of people that surround us.
In a world that sometimes appears to be divisive and menacing, Sunday dinner brings us all together in a common and collective cause. It gives us the strength of numbers and prepares us to brave the week ahead with new friends and supporters behind us.

In a blog post I was reading, one person wrote about a Sunday dinner he has hosted, rain or shine, for over 30 years straight. This is what one of the guests had to say. “People from all corners of the world come to break bread together, to meet, to talk, connect and often become friends. All ages, nationalities, races, professions gather here, and since there is no organized seating, the opportunity for mingling couldn’t be better. I love the randomness.”

It only takes one person with vision, persistence and leadership to create a movement. Make Sunday dinner a movement and see how it transforms lives. If you need recipes I have been blogging a couple recipes a week. Use them and take creative freedom with them and then let me know how it worked out for you. Check it out at: http://recipes.steviva.com

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