Archive for April, 2012

Community Soup

Posted by admin On April - 18 - 2012

Some of you know that I have been struggling a bit living in community. I think that what I expected and what it is are two different but not unlike things. Kindda like bean soup.

I worked as a server in restaurants most of my life and believe it or not, Monday was pretty much Bean Soup day in every one of them. And at all of the places I worked, the bean was navy or great northern, so my favorite bean soup is navy bean soup. Now I like black bean soup and pinto beans but navy is the bean soup for me.

You may be asking what this has to do with community? God knows that I am a visual learner so during my morning meditation the other day, He pointed out that my community was a pot of bean soup–11 bean soup! It ends up that we all bring something different to the mix. And while one bean, like navy, makes a pretty good soup, eleven beans means more flavor. more color, more texture, more of everything. And if you think of our friends and guests as onions, garlic, celery, carrots…well you get the idea. A wonderful mix of life, all in a pot of soup.

So, while navy bean is still my favorite soup and sitting in the quiet of the garden is still my favorite way to unwind, I am willing to give 11 Bean Soup and the bustle of the community room their fair share of my time too. Who knows, my life might end up with more flavor, more color, more of everything too.

Peace, Sr. KC