Recently, I was invited to spend the weekend with my friend and her group of friends at a beach house up in Northern CT. It was a delightful and unexpected invite, which I love. Surprisingly, the day opened up my eyes to something really obvious: breaking bread with others is the most intimate way to connect.
Here I was with a group of people I had never met before, coming to their annual group party with nothing but a bottle of wine and conversation - and - I had the best time. I connected with them in a way that is natural to human interaction.
We broke bread together.
Sharing a meal made the interaction that much more intimate which then turned into a stronger connection.
What if we aspired to do this in our every day interactions? What if in our daily interactions with the mail person and the barista making our coffee we had the intention to connect even in the smallest way. Then we went to the place where we create our art and strived to connect with our colleagues and collaborators. Wouldn't that create amazing work? Then we went home to our families ended the day with amazing connection by perhaps breaking bread or sitting together and talking about the day. The point is I went to this dinner party with the intention to connect. I was praying and hoping that the people there would like me enough and we would connect.
Life is about connecting.
Every interaction matters. What if even with those we spend our days with we have as strong an intention to connect as we do with new people?