I own a longboard and ride it every now and then.
It is unusually peaceful when you can cruise down a street uninterrupted.
Music on, asphalt rolling beneath the wheels like calm waves.
Yet to get to that point you have to do some kicking and pushing.
The start is not as tranquil and easy as what tends to follow.
You have probably heard the expression;
"Momentum is easier to steer than it is to start".
Getting something off the ground is no easy task.
The initial push demands substantial effort.
This especially applies to new habits in our lives.
Especially ones that are counter to our "me-first" culture.
Being hospitable. Being neighborly. Being inviting.
They are habits that require some gathered energy to start.
The thing I am telling myself that I want to encourage you with...
Start small and start today.
If you are like me, you can get overwhelmed by the whole picture.
Don't put that pressure on yourself. It's debilitating.
You don't have to start an orphanage in your home tomorrow.
But you do have to start somewhere today.
That's if you want to make this a reality in your life.
So where do we start?
Here are three things you can do today.
Simple things that will get the ball rolling in the right direction.
1. Engage people with meaningful conversation and active listening.
This means going beyond the hollow "How are you" chatter.
This means asking real questions. Being actually interested in the person.
Go beyond the surface. People are dying to be genuinely known.
Be a listening ear. Allow people to share their fears, dreams, thoughts.
2. Meet a practical need of someone around you.
Is your neighbor recovering from surgery? Bring them a meal.
Does your co-worker need help getting somewhere? Give them a ride.
Does your friend have a packed week? Grab their groceries for them.
Simple things. Big impact.
3. Invite someone over for dinner.
This doesn't have to be a big, fancy meal.
You don't have to decorate and throw a party.
Frozen pasta with kindness is better than filet mignon with no love.
Bringing someone around your table is an act of hospitality.
Serve them. Treat them as the honored guest.
It may be hard to get started but it is so worth it.
Kick and push. Kick and push.
Soon you will feel the joy of riding.
And the world will be a better place because of it.
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