I believe that your life becomes richer when you share.
Some people don’t always believe this, but what you give comes back to you in spades. Give good things and great things come back. Give crud, and well, you’re just dirty.
If you take care of those around you, when you need help, those people come to your side. If you only take care of yourself, very few people are there to care for you when you need it. And, trust me, we all need a helping hand sometimes.
Sharing and neighborliness have become very important in my cooking and in my day-to-day dealings with people. My friends and neighbors grow tasty produce and they share it with me. I bake or cook something with the produce and give them something tasty in return. I’ll drop off lemon bars to the lady who gives me lemons. Or, zucchini bread to Monica, who gives me zucchini. I’m giving back, in my own small way.
Eat locally, that’s what we hear so much of lately. Well, what better way to eat locally than to share what you grow or what your neighbors grow? And, you’ll never see a tip like that on the Food Network.
Sharing, neighborliness, conserving and getting to know people make me feel in touch with the past as well. This is how my Grandma handled life. She shared and she ate locally grown seasonal produce, even stuff from her own garden. Our society had gotten too far away from our roots of sharing, neighborliness, and conserving. I see the pendulum swinging back to our roots.
Maybe if we all try just a little to make take these ideals to heart we can fix some of the problems of obesity, heart disease, global warming, and maybe in the process we might get to know our neighbors a little and find people we like.