Welcome to Day 7 of Cherishing Connection, the final day of our seven-day practice of tending and deepening the relationships that constitute our lives.
“You have to design your gatherings for the kinds of connections you want to create. ~Priya Parker
Around the world, people gather for meals, around campfires, and in ceremony. We gather for conversation, to play, to protest, to sing – to pray, to mourn, to celebrate. And for those with access to technology, we now connect virtually for all kinds of gatherings. As we’ve navigated a global pandemic, we’ve witnessed incredible creativity in finding new ways to convene – a testimony to our fundamental human longing to be together in one another’s presence.
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With acknowledgement that each person’s situation is unique, here on this last day of the practice we invite you to consider how you would like to tend your relationships by gathering with intention – whether with one person or many, in person or online. Regardless of form, how can you gather in a way that more deeply tends the constellation of your relationships? Whether this is your superpower or new territory, we invite you to adapt one of the following actions so that it works for you:
As you experiment with the above ideas, what brings you joy? In what ways are your relationships expanded or deepened? How are your efforts received by others? What possibilities emerge? Who would you like to invite to join you? When you look at the constellation you’ve sketched, which relationships call out for gathering with care?
Priya Parker: Remaking Gathering: Entering the Mess, Crossing the Thresholds, an On Being podcast and transcript with Krista Tippett
Please share your reflections below if you feel moved. We’d love to hear what emerges for you from today’s practice…
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We don’t cook Thanksgiving dinners. Our plans for a get-together fell through when the restaurant we had thought we’d go to announced they were closing after all. We’ve seen many restaurants go down during the pandemic, some of our favorites. But we’ll still see our friend the next day, probably at another restaurant. I’m thinking of the past, of the many who are no longer here—and not just about closed restaurants. I’m grateful that I had time with them and remember them with that happy/sad feeling that I supposed is nostalgia. May everyone have moments of happiness and recognize them at the time.
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