This past year has been, well different. Last January, another woman and I started a community kitchen in our church basement. The lunch is open to anyone, every Wednesday, no cost for anyone who wants a delicious home cooked hot meal. It started with four people showing up the first day we opened, and now it has grown to an average of 130 people per week, spiking on some days to over 200. I have learned so much about other people as well as myself this past year. The biggest being that a variety of people, homeless to rich, drug addicts to business world, all ethnicities and religions can share a meal together peacefully and work together in a positive and uplifting environment. I have realized that I love to cook, and help other people develop their goals and realize they can accomplish a task no matter how small. I have realized that the more I give the more I receive and truly the smaller I become.
Yesterday, I was walking on my treadmill watching It’s a Wonderful Life. There is a moment in the movie when George looks at his dads picture and underneath the picture is a plaque that states, “All you can take with you is that which you’ve given away.” This quote struck me and I realized that this is how I want to live. Not acquiring fame, stuff or more money, but I desire to live my life given away. So, instead of making a New Years resolution, I have decided to try to live out this quote everyday. My goal is to do at least one thing a day that is given. This can include what I give to my family such as my attention and care, to how I smile at someone walking down the street whether they smile back or not.
I am excited to start this New Year and where this quote will take me.
Love to you all!