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TableThink’s conversation for the week is centered on hindsight . . . learning from where we’ve been and what we’ve done . . . a key piece of who we are and what we do. 

So.  We are underlining some *key lessons to review through the holiday weekend.

For review:  Hindsight can be described as an understanding of a circumstance or event in the past.  The way we attach ourselves to the stories of our past will either limit us or will be a trajectory to more.  In other words . . .  the accumulation of lessons learned from the past will give us greater perspective and vision for the future . . . if, we choose.  (Excerpt from It’s Monday With Joshua & Kerrie . . . Hindsight.)

Five *Key Lessons For Today:

*Key lesson: See life through someone else’s point of view.  

I have always been drawn to stories about people. Memoirs, biographies, slice of life stories… I love literary “people watching”. There’s a lot of good reasons to read within these genres, one of which is the experience of seeing life through someone else’s point of view- taking a walk in someone else’s shoes. I think it builds compassion and empathy when we learn about the experiences of others, learn about other ways of life, and other cultures. ~Tiffany Carter, TableRead Columnist 

(Excerpt from At The Table With Tiffany Carter: A Conversation And Article)

*Key lesson:  Listen.

 . . . How do you sense you are getting to know someone ?

You listen long enough and hard enough.

If you are really free, you don’t have any reason not to listen to people.

~Roy Carlisle, Editor

(Excerpt from 010: At The Table With Roy Carlisle (Faith Series))

*Key lesson:  Be in community. 

In the book of John, people come and stay with Jesus.  Notice he is drawn into community with the Samaritans. . . and they  receive him in . . . even, though he is a Jew.

Jesus facilitates community at the end of the gospel.  They experience unity together, even with the one who betrays him.

Jesus prays . . . they . . . might be one.

John writes in his letter . . . if, you can’t love one another . . . how can you really love God?

So . . . if you aspire to be in community with God . . . you have to be open to being in community with one another.  ~Paul Anderson, New Testament Scholar/Professor

People thought of community as their denomination and church . . . but began to form community through shared causes, such as social justice . . . with those who belonged to different denominations and churches.  Denominations began to decline but communities began to grow . . . the sense of community in shared causes  . . . gave a place for honesty at a deep level. ~Roy Carlisle, Editor

(Excerpt from  At The Table With Roy Carlisle And Paul Anderson)

*Key lesson:  Share your life. 

You can make a choice.  You can choose to be the one at the bus stop who tells your life story or the one who exchanges only pleasantries, OR you can be the one who shares life with others and as you feel led, begin to tell your story.  You would be surprised to find there are so many others who have similar stories and feel less alone when they hear yours.  I think you will know the right time to open up and I believe the positive impact you will have will far exceed the need you may have always felt to protect your privacy. ~Anne Miller, Your Tribe Columnist 

(Excerpt from Your Tribe: The Benefits Of Community)

*Key lesson: Invest in others.  

The thing is .  . .  along the way . . . Nancy and Linda each formed the belief that no one needs to manage adversity alone.

They finally met when Nancy set out to bring Backpack Buddies to Salem through her church, St. Mark Lutheran Church to impact children struggling with food insecurity.

Backpack Buddies helps meet the needs of hungry children when other resources are unavailable. 

They emphasized their goal is to give dignity to kids and their families through quietly putting bags filled with food in their backpacks.  The bags, referred to as bags of hope, are filled by a volunteer team and transported to the school.  We sat at the table in awe of how this relative simple service goes beyond giving food.

Essentially, each bag of hope gives the powerful message, “You are not alone.”  

Nancy and Linda have inspired us by their story and service. There’s no doubt that there will be kids and families who rise from adversity and set out to serve because of these two courageous women who choose to make a difference.

(Excerpt from At The Table With Nancy Carlisle and Linda Hernandez-Munguia)

Think on these key lessons . . . there’s more tomorrow . . . and every. single. day.

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