If you are like most of us, the start of a year is a convenient time to consider where the previous 365 days have led you, and reconsider where the coming 365 days might take you. Many of us take a moment to check in with how the year has taken its toll on us physically: What is the scale telling me? What is the mirror showing me? Is my wardrobe cooperating? Am I able to keep up with my kids like I used to? Or we consider how the past 12 months have impacted us intellectually and emotionally: What am I reading? Listening to? Talking about? Have I talked with my brother in the past 6 months? When is the last time I sat with my parents and told them I appreciate them? How do the answers to these questions make me feel?
In these reflective moments, consider how convenient our lives have become. Now, lay this thought over the blueprint-value of your definition of a simple word; relationship. What is your relationship with the food you eat? What is your relationship with your body? What is your relationship like with literature? How are you relating with your kids, or brother, or parents?
However the answers to your own questions might ring, they are likely the catalyst for resolution. And if you are like us, the quintessential ‘New Year’s Resolution’ list is filled with hope: I will exercise. I will start a diet…and stick to it this time. I will play with my kids more. I will read that book. I will call my brother.
We, at Our Family Farm offer a single morsel for you to ruminate, with us, as you ponder the past and set the table for a feast of feats in 2011…
BUILD RELATIONSHIPS IN EACH STEP YOU TAKE.
- Build a relationship with your food- Over the next 12 months we will unpack our version of a 12-step process to building a closer relationship with the foods we eat. There is huge potential through this one relationship to influence nearly every aspect of our lives; how we feel, how we spend time with our family, how we can save money, how our clothes fit, etc. Our 12-step process will look at several things including buying local eggs, milk, chicken, beef, and pork, preserving food, growing something, what we feed our pets, and where to find and purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Build a relationship with your body- Listen, just listen. Our bodies tell us so much, all the time, but the soft voice that is our body can be hard to hear amidst all of our convenience and thoughtless routines. This relationship is all about timing. The moment we wake up, the moments we get out of bed, the moments our meals settle in, the moments we prepare to leave our homes for whatever work day may lay ahead, the moment we stand up for a break, the moment we exhale after we are done with a day at work, the moments before we fall asleep, are all moments our bodies whisper to us. Listen. Then take care of our bodies.
- Build a relationship with literature- Read books, blogs, listen to experts in their field. Talk with friends who are reading books, blogs, or listening to experts in their field. Lets fill our intellects with things that intrigue and inspire, and then let our emotions agree with the things that are right. After that, we can let our actions take us in a direction that leads us to freedom and health.
- Build relationships with people- Know your farmer, know your food! Meet the people growing some of the best stuff we could put past our palette. Take care of the people who will take care of us when we need the most care; our family. Tell the folks why we are thankful for them, and leave it at that if we need to. Tell our siblings we love them, and leave it at that if we need to. (whether they receive it or not, it is a good thing to do, and it will make us feel good…because we are thankful for them, and we do love them). Play with, or read to the kids, because it has been said that our kids are our heart walking around outside of our body.
Relationships are why we are here, in our humble opinion. If you are at all like us at Our Family Farm, the coming year’s table is set for a delicious feast of feats that have the power to escort us out of 2011 much healthier, and happier than when we entered it. Dinner is served, dig into relationships.