I was recently struck by three separate synchronistic moments, connected through community spirit, again diverse, but collective in nature.
As a gift for my 60th birthday, my daughter purchased me a ticket to attend a theatrical show she was stage managing. It was a culmination of collective works by local artists, singers, musicians, dancers, and actors loosely threaded together by a storyline based on the five elements. From the moment the carnivalesque dancing and drum beating summoned us into the theater the drama and fun began. Moments were illuminated by mesmerizing aerial dancing, homespun singing and instrumentation, captivating martial arts melded with interpretive dance, swords, fire, infectious African rhythms, haunting vocals, burlesque antics, and spiritual reflections. All came together when movement was connected in song – the magical vision of two extremely talented young women on Salt Spring Island.
I was in awe of the abundant talent on this small island of 10,000 people. The artistry and energy of 80 strong – a mixture of ages and expertise all producing something so riveting, spectacular, and uplifting. All coming together with a common goal – to entertain, to connect, to share, to unite. All of us who had the opportunity to attend (both nights were sold out) know we were privileged witnesses to something much bigger than just one of us. An interconnected synergy of ideas producing a whole of love, appreciation, gratitude, and creativity.
The next collective idea was a coupon program I recently learned of, available in some parts of British Columbia put on by the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets in association with other community skill building organizations. The Farmers’ Market Nutrition and Coupon Program provides low-income families and seniors, who are enrolled in participating cooking and skill-building programs, with coupons each week to spend at their local farmers’ market. I love the fact they are encouraging families to shop locally at farmers’ markets. They are promoting fresh produce, encouraging families to try new items, and suggesting large purchases of produce so they can be frozen, canned, or dehydrated. You cannot purchase processed or prepared products.
Once again, an idea that has grown since its inception in 2007 with just five markets and today there are a total of 36 markets participating in this program. The beginning of an idea that has blossomed along with the popularity and influx of local farmers’ markets. Supporting a collection of ages and incomes. Coming together to promote local produce, local farmers, community, and health and well-being of the greater good. In speaking with a local farmer this past week, he is abundantly committed to the program and so pleased it is doing something that is productive for both the consumer (especially those traditionally not able to afford quality local organic produce) and himself as a local farmer. Definitely a win-win.
Finally, I then turned to our Rawsome Living Foods Cafe and Juice Bar. There are many synchronistic aspects to running our cafe. There is a growing influx of local patrons who see us a preferred eating choice on the island. We know that those from afar are coming because of links such as Happy Cow. We often feel we are a place that is ready to happen and a community culture of change that is ready to embrace what we offer. The adage goes, ‘If you build it, they will come.’ How true in our case.
But what are some of the elements that make our place work, while others not so much? I know it has a lot to do with the quality and presentation of the food. But more importantly, like in the other two scenarios that I have described – it is the people. We have been unbelievably blessed to attract and retain the most creative, energetic, and thoughtful staff imaginable. They are all eager to learn and contribute their knowledge and expertise. They strongly believe in what we are doing and want to be part of the positive outcomes. They are part of the day to day explosion of flavours and designs that grace every plate and mouthful. There is a synchronistic coming together of passion and belief. And as described in the other scenarios, without the collective energy of so many people, the theatrical event, the Coupon Program, and our cafe could not happen.
So what does all this have to do with you or me as individuals, traveling our own personal transformational journeys? Everything. Whether you choose to stay on your couch and complain about the state of affairs in the world, or you stand up and take one small stance to make a change in the world, you are collectively part of something broader and greater than you. Even in a state of relative inertia, there is momentum of sorts, for I have found there is a profound synergy of thoughts and ideas that maintain the status quo.
However, if you are so inspired to step out of your safety zone and walk through a local farmers’ market, or enter a theatre to be whisked along a magical mystery tour, or consider a menu that just may entice your taste buds in new expansive ways, you are influencing the convergence of ideas. And where that convergence may lead will depend upon its impact on you and what you are needing to consider in that particular moment in time. Something that seems significant with no true discernible causal connection and yet upon reflection, momentous. Ultimately,
“The secret to every success, lies not in what or even who you know, but in clearly ‘seeing’ where you want to go. And going.” – Mike Dooley
I find myself in deep gratitude and inspired by what a collection of just a few can produce. May you take a moment out of your day to consider what synchronistic moments have emerged and then consider what opportunities lay waiting for your unique personhood and role. It’s yours to choose. I know you will be filled with more energy than you can imagine. Just go and see.
Tri Flavour Gelato Sundae
- 8 frozen bananas
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup raw cacao
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
Peel 8 bananas and freeze in a bag in the freezer overnight. Remove and chop into one inch pieces and place in a food processor. Add in vanilla. Turn on food processor and let it run using the S Blade. When it seems to be struggling, turn off and stir the mixture to loosen it and allow the food processor to run more smoothly. Keep doing this until the mixture starts to melt and become uniform and smooth. It should produce 3 cups.
Separate 1/3 into a container for your vanilla gelato. Place another 1/3 into a bowl. Now run the food processor with the final 1/3 and add 1/4 cup cacao. When all mixed together place in a container for your chocolate gelato.
Place the remaining 1/3 from the bowl into the food processor and add frozen strawberries. Run the food processor until it is all mixed and pink. There may be some strawberry chunks which is fine. Now place in a third container for your strawberry gelato.
Plate all 3 flavours in one bowl. Top with cacao nibs, fresh fruit, chopped nuts. Viola – a melding of colours and flavours for a summertime treat. This will keep in the freezer for up to three months.