My quote from the day was from James Baldwin: “I am a writer I like doing things alone”. It’s true, I like to go to movies alone, travel alone. And for the most part, work alone.
I am an introvert, I am capable of being social and am great at networking and connecting, but doing that for any length of time does not sustain me or feed my soul.
I enjoy people, but for limited amounts of time.
I recently joining a co-working space, Impact Hub Oakland and today I went to work alone but surrounded by people for the day.
I forgot to bring my lunch and was planning to get a sandwich from nearby when the announcement came that “Sexy Salad” Friday potluck would be served.
The announcement, by Roe Cummings, was that if you didn’t have a contribution you could still sit at the table and either contribute cash or remember for next Friday.
Roe told the 30 of us gathered at the table the 5 principles:
- Be generous.
- Be Curious.
- Ask for what you need.
- Remove what is empty.
- Leave no trace.
The principles are literal and beyond.
With that I knew there was a reason I was seated near Luke and Maxim with whom I had a great conversation over lunch. I washed dishes and loaded the dishwasher with another member and she and I bonded as well.
I was well fed on many levels.
A great idea for community building, I am no longer a virgin, and will be a frequent participant in this great ritual.
Peace, love, joy, gratitude, faith, compassion and blessings.