Like many of you, I have struggled to come up with the words to sum up my feelings this week. Monday’s blog post is evidence of that. I am still not prepared to embellish on my emotions at the moment. What I am prepared to do is offer some advice.
Cook for people experiencing grief. In fact, I will expand on that. Cook for people generally going through a rough time.
It does not need to be fancy. Just cook. When we cook for people we take time, which has value, to prepare sustenance for someone we care about. It is the most literal way to tell someone: “Hey, I like you. I want you to be in my life. Please eat something so that you will be nourished and can spend more days in my life.”
When you don’t have the words to say, cooking a meal is the best way to express gratitude for someone’s existence. Today’s fast pace doesn’t encourage the act of cooking. Many don’t even know the first step. Even if you simply made someone a sandwich, it could mean so much to that person in that moment. Can we agree that when another provides food it tastes better than had we prepared it ourselves? Not always, but a lot of the time?
If there is someone in your life who is struggling, please consider showing him or her your gratitude in the form of a meal. It could be the most important thing you do for that person today and it can be that simple.