It is so easy to get caught up in the misconception that time spent with people must be purposely focused and planned with many details and grand events.
A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned having a picnic in the park with some friends. This wasn't a one time event for the summer. I have actually been having a picnic in the park with friends every week this summer.
It all started earlier this spring when I knew I wanted to get my children out of the house this summer. I knew I wanted to reach out and connect with others this summer. The idea came to me, why not combine the two?
Every week, beginning in June, I have been hosting a weekly "Picnic in the Park". Just a simple plan and an announcement is all that it takes.
Every week I choose a park and a day to meet. I spread the word at church weekly by posting that weeks plans on the events calendar in the back. I spread the word via Facebook through a private message to all of my local contacts.
There is no specific invitation list. Everyone is encouraged to invite friends. No RSVP's are required. No planned agenda is made. Nothing requiring large amounts of preparation ahead of time is arranged.
Each week, all that I do is commit to being at that specific park on that day with a picnic for my family. Others may come and go as they choose, knowing that for a specified amount of time, it is guaranteed that at least one other mother/woman will be there. It is not even restricted to mother's. Anyone that wants to come is welcome.
Each one brings their own picnic and we just hang out, chat, enjoy each others company... and in the process build relationships and deepen friendships.
People. Relationships. Friendships. Community.
It is a vital and necessary part of our lives, whether we recognize it or not. It does not have to require a lot of work, prep, or time to make it happen.
I have found it is as simple as a picnic in the park... and I am enjoying every minute of it.
What simple ways have you found to get together and connect with others?