This weekend I was a kid on Christmas morning when I picked up my copy of Magnolia Journal. If you’ve been living under a rock or you don’t follow every single move of Chip and Joanna Gaines, it’s the premier issue of their quarterly magazine.
I thought it was a beautiful issue filled with inspiration and warmth. One of the things I drooled most over was the ‘Friendsgiving” table scape. I promptly turned the magazine around and prodded Jake to look and started rambling about my dream to have a huge outdoor table and host big dinners with friends and spend long beautiful nights under the stars and bistro lights eating and laughing and making memories.
Jake asked me how many seats were at the table pictured and who would I want at the table. Naturally I started counting off people and realized I’d need a whole lot bigger table than pictured (Joanna’s was 12-14 seats). In the midst of me rambling about who I would invite and why, Jake asked “Do we treat all of those people like we want them at our table?”
Whoa. What a question. It really made me think, though. Do I make sure to treat the people I want at my table in a manner that ensures they know they’re welcome and wanted there? I mean, some friends, the closest friends we have, of course… but everyone has good friends who have different schedules than you do, going in different directions, that you sometimes accidentally go months without catching up with but that are none the less valuable and wanted at your table. It really made me start thinking about ways to make sure I show all the people I want at my table that I want them there.
This quote has been weighing heavily on my mind lately as well. Remembering to give. One of the most prominent and founding principles of Sigma Sigma Sigma is “to receive much you must give much”. I’ve always known it was something important to me and something I wanted to emulate in my life.
For some reason this quote, put in this specific way, paired with the immense desire to fill my table with people I love and create magical memories, resonates so deeply in my soul recently. I hope it touches your heart as well.