I absolutely love that kind-of-trite saying---about friends coming into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. (And for more thoughts about that, visit here.) But I do believe it. Right now, I have so many connections that are being made every week---with people that I have just met and people I have been acquainted with for a long time---and we're connecting on a new or different level about the kind of life
we're trying to create for our families in the way we approach food.
(Summer is such a good time for catching up with friends!)
Do you remember this post from last spring, where I was just sure that my area needed a group to focus on sustainability issues?
And remember that Jewel had a new friend over two weeks ago for a play date? Her mother just happens to have co-founded a group called Nurturing Naturally, which meets twice a month, just thirty minutes from my house.
How about that? I was all set (with two of my camp friends) to launch a group in our area that would address sustainability, with a focus on gardening, food preservation, choices in a local economy, etc. It would have been a lot of work (which we were ready to do)---but now, I don't think it's necessary.
I went to my first Nurturing Naturally meeting last week, on how to pack a lunch full of healthy choices for your child. Not only did we cover what to pack, we discussed packaging and informed choices we can make as consumers. I really enjoyed talking on this topic with other moms who pack lunches in the morning; the real wealth, however, was the opportunity to meet with other people who are like me---who share the same values regarding health and our environment.
One of the best aspects of meeting as a group, whether in a physical or virtual meeting place, is the opportunity for people to come together and share where they are in their path. As I've said many times before, we're all on a journey. But some of us are just starting out, while others have gone a few miles. Far better to learn from someone else's experience than to have unnecessary trials on the road.
So for tonight, I'm feeling rather fortunate to have found this community right down the road from me. The really cool thing, however, is the fact that technology makes this experience available to all of us with internet access.
So, who is your support group? Do you have a community, virtual or local, where you are able to share ideas and experiences?