My current survival job is working at this super bougie but lovely little Israeli restaurant in Manhattan with a mostly foreign clientele (Israeli, French, Moroccan, Indian , etc). Over time I've noticed a pattern among the customers that come in.
It's basically this:
Two people will order some food; a bread, some appetizers, whatever.
They eat it and think it's amazing and they offer some of their food it to the table full of strangers next to them.
They all share in how great the great food is and they're happy and they're smiling (and they give me lots a money) it's a great time.
It's honestly an amazing thing to watch. A beautiful thing to experience. To see complete strangers so open and inviting and loving towards one another. Something that I rarely, if ever, see outside of this little Israeli capsule.
I've seen it in Morocco. In Greece. A little bit in Italy but in America? In New York??
Americans don't share.
We hoard. We withhold. We "pull ourselves up by our bootstraps". We CAPITALIZE.
Sharing? But that person didn't work for it.
Sharing my food??? But I PAID FOR IT!
Sharing? But what about
As I've said before. We've got a sick culture. It's ill, self serving, and destructive.
Do you know what sharing ultimately does?
It fosters connection, it fosters progress, community, togetherness.
What if we shared a little more?
Shared bread, ideas, each others burdens, each others successes.
Shared how we're actually feeling instead of "good" or "busy".
Sharing our time, our experiences and our struggles with the intent of helping another person out?
What if we all offered our bread to a stranger with the sole purpose of seeing someone else enjoy the good thing we just received?