The Daily Cup – Food & Kindness

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Many towns have a food shelf box. Food is kindness when we feed the hungry, but isn’t it kindness, also, in all the ways it is served? The key word with food is, “service.” In restaurants, food is brought to the table. In delis, a person behind a counter has chosen this line of work for the moment, and serves food. Every time his or her hand is extended to place a sandwich, a slice of pizza, a doughnut, a salad and so on in someone else’s hand, this is an act of service and, as such, it is an act of kindness. Receiving food, in this sense, is an act of vulnerability. We get food when we are hungry. It is also an act of trust. We get it from places that have earned this trust. Food puts an interesting set of human relations dynamics on the table, doesn’t it? There is no specific thing to do with today’s Daily Cup. No specific “task” to accomplish. We’re just chewing on these thoughts. Something to think about over dinner perhaps.

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The Daily Cup – I’ll Have What She’s Having

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We all have our favorite spots where we eat and hang out with friends. We all have favorite go-to foods, the tastes and aromas that just mix perfectly with the spirit of the gang. This is our traditional food when Friday night comes, or the weekend, or the 4th of July. Here is what we suggest, just for fun. This week, if you plan on dining with friends, each order your food as you normally would. Get what you like. If you are ordering at a deli counter, you’ll want to keep each order separate for this exercise. Then, when the food arrives or when you get to your party venue with it, randomly switch plates or bags with someone else in the group. Even if you get something you’re already familiar with, this simple switching game has a significant impact. It creates a situation where you must make do with sudden change, but it also throws you a curve. We usually resist change. In this situation, since you are among friends, and you probably share similar tastes, change becomes an easy challenge to face, and enjoyable too. You never know, it could make you feel uncommonly daring the next time you face a real, sudden change of plans.

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The Daily Cup – You Like That Too?!

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Are there activities you’d like to do with friends but never get around to it? Or you just assume they might not be interested, so you never ask? Plan a picnic or dinner with your best buddies and give them an assignment before they show up. Ask them to each list two activities they’d like to share with others on two separate slips of paper. You do the same. When you gather at dinner or the picnic, place all slips in a bowl and each draw one. It does not matter if you draw your own. Take turns reading off the activities on each slip. Vote on 1 or 2 slips to set aside for discussion. Let the planning begin! You may find that half the group ends up sharing an interest in one activity while others feel inspired by another. That’s OK. You could always just start a conversation without the paper slips game, but having a process actually promotes creative thinking. Savor the moment.

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The Daily Cup – Ups & Downs but Mostly Ups

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When it’s not the rain, it’s something else. The keys left in the locked car; one of the kids is having a tantrum, again; a co-worker with an attitude; a boss with an attitude; oops! the dog had an accident… you get the picture. Life is full of twists and turns. Try this for one month: At the end of each day, or at dinner time, tell someone in your house (call someone if you live alone) at least three things that went well that day. It can be anything. Maybe a bird landed on your car and it made you smile, or the cafeteria at work had your favorite lunch, or your back did not hurt one bit today. Make sure to invite the other person to tell you about good things that happened to them during the day. After doing this for several weeks, see if the little things bother you as much… Little things? What little things?!

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The Daily Cup – Of Being Brave

deli - 0611How do you define being brave? We have conflicting notions of the concept of bravery. There is something else at play: humility. We assume that a humble person does not act boldly. Take a moment to think back to a situation when you were extraordinarily brave. You were fearless and exquisitely on purpose, as if in that one instant you could grasp knowledge and ingenuity you had not known you possessed. You saved the day, or yourself, right there and then. Remember every detail of that instant when you stood tall, fearlessly. True bravery is about confidence, and confidence comes from the heart. You already have it. Now, consider a challenge you experience currently, get on your white horse and go make it crumble before you.

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