At some point we have to look at life and say, I’m praying and hoping for the very best outcome, and furthermore I will do everything in my power to stay productive and positive …beginning in my household.
A PLACE TO BRING ALL WORLD AFAIRS
My precious mother and I have this daily routine where we call each other and get caught up on family, work and day to day events shaping our lives. We call this activity “SOLVING ALL WORLD AFFAIRS.” It’s our inside joke for analyzing our circumstances and then offering each other sage advice to lead our loved ones to make excellent choices. We solve all world affairs on the phone, but in my home where my immmediate family lives, we do it at our “Agape” table. Our kitchen table has always been a meeting place to gather and nourish on a delicious home cooked meal, and to grow in our relationships and on a personal level. Our “Agape” table is a safe haven to share our accomplishments and bring our grievances, our concerns, our hurts, our joys, our questions and daily happenings to the people we trust.
NEW TABLE- NEW GUIDELINES
During the most recent renovation of our kitchen, it was a perfect time to get my dream table, which is in the shape of a circle. I have always wanted a round table to sit at with my favorite people because the shape of the table creates an intimate setting for those siting there. Dream realized, mission accomplished; our family bought a new round table and it truly has changed the dynamic of our meeting there. We each love the table to pieces, and we feel very connected when we sit there. We are excited to use our new kitchen as much as possible, but the pace of life does not make it easy for everyone in the household to sit at the “Agape” table at the same time. For this reason we have reserved Sunday night for our exclusive “Solve All World Affairs,” get together. On other days, whomever is around can convene and begin solving and engaging! However, at the moment anyone sits down at the AGAPE table, certain guidelines are required:
1-No phones, tablets or screens permitted
2- Respectful conversation
3-Allow the person to finish their thought before jumping in
4- Share without judging
5-Attempt to bring the healthiest food to the table
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Are you wondering what the word AGAPE means? Wikipedia does a good job of explaining….Agape (Ancient Greek ἀγάπη, agápē) is a Greco-Christian term referring to “love: the highest form of love, charity”, and “the love of God for man and of man for God”. Not to be confused with philia – brotherly love – agape embraces a universal, unconditional love that transcends, that serves regardless of circumstances. The noun form first occurs in the Septuagint,[disputed ] but the verb form goes as far back as Homer, translated literally as affection, as in “greet with affection.”
Whenever we solve all world affairs, the conversation goes much better when we proceed with AGAPE, thus the name of our new round table! If the idea of an AGAPE table has grabbed your attention, please note that it is not restricted to a shape or location, yours can be, and should be any shape, in any condition or located in any room that is appealing to you and yours. The point is to have a place to meet and discuss all things with love in your heart!
Let me know if you begin the conversation at an AGAPE table!