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Monday, June 7, 2010

Nourished by Community

Friday night I got my mojo refreshed at a celebration for a friend's graduating son. The party, held at her country home, was filled with music, dancing, and love. She'd prepared a traditional Indonesian feast-- a epicurean tableau of colors, smells, and flavors that drew many of us back for thirds. Ages of the festive ranged from 0-80 plus. Kids ran through the woods, sampled in the gardens and swung from the rafters and we all danced to a live band in a beautiful barn, playing original tunes with global flavors (with mama on keyboards!) . The night had all the ingredients of healthy living-- natural beauty, physical activity, creativity, wholesome AND interesting food, celebration of connection and life milestones, and involved, invested companions. I was rejuvenated by it.

We all need more of this in our lives. We get caught up in work, bills, disasters-- our created and life's unavoidable sufferings. Community makes it all more bearable, and reminds us of our generative potential.

Thanks, Evelyn and Mark, for reminding me what's important, and for throwing a heck of a party. And congratulations and best wishes for your future to Miro!

And if any of you need a band to play in your barn, email me for details---

150 ways to build community can be found at bettertogether.org

Today's quote: "What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured." Author Kurt Vonnegut

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