Building Strong Community
Once upon a time there was a land called Harmony where Peace reigned throughout. Everyone treated their neighbor as they wished to be treated. Yet not everyone agreed on all things but kindness was a virtue that everyone chose to express regardless. Humility and forgiveness were also virtues that the people valued and displayed. Even though it seems like a fairy tale to most, those who chose to believe in the person of Peace were able to achieve this life of harmony.
I can’t help it, in the midst of this extreme tear-down-cancel-everything culture, I still want to build. I want to create and grow a community of like-minded individuals who believe expressing their opinion is important but no more important than listening and learning from others’ opinions and experiences.
I know you expect to find recipes and posts about fermenting when you come here. Let me assure you that mostly that is exactly what you will find. The thing is, while we’re all about good gut health, we’re also focused on good mental health. Your gut health has a huge impact on your mental health, but also it’s scientifically proven that family and community do too.
Did you know that loneliness leads to a weak immune system and inflammation in your body? The side effects of these will be flu-like symptoms at best and suicide at worst. On a side note: I personally think the very things we are being told to do to slow the spread of the Corona virus are the exact opposite of what we should be doing. But I’ll leave that subject for now and get back to our dire need for community.
I’ve been busy creating a mobile app and an online community for The Fermented Table. I want to make it as easy as possible to connect during this chaos. If someone is in need or lonely I want them to feel connected. Let’s encourage each other and start some healthy habits too. My heart breaks for the people who have watched far too much television during the global shutdown because there was nothing else to do. Many felt lead to obey every single guideline from the government as though it was law. Now they are finding themselves confused and lonely.
I believe good health matters. I believe close family and community are imperative. I believe truth and wisdom will guide and protect us. I believe that we are all one race with differences that make us each unique and beautiful. I believe that God will keep His children safe and that it’s far more important to do whatever He says than what the government says when those directions differ. I believe that faith expresses itself in our obedience to our Creator and that our obedience to Him no matter the cost is proof of our right relationship with Him. And I believe we are all stronger together.
I’ll make an announcement when the app becomes available in the app stores. Until then, hug someone close to you. Smile at everyone else. We need each other.