Although I don’t like to think of time as speeding by quite so quickly to be bringing us to the ending days of August already, the fact that it IS the last Friday of the month is something to celebrate. It’s time for promoting positive news via We Are the World Blogfest. It delights me to think of us as ambassadors highlighting little pockets of love and light for others to celebrate as well.
The special lead co-hosts for this month are: Simon Falk, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Inderpreet Uppal, Lynn Hallbrooks, Eric Lahti, and Mary J Giese . You can participate by signing up here, and I encourage you to check out all the other bloggers participating as well.
Given the intense energies of August we’ve all been navigating collectively, I decided I wanted to bring you a gentle feel-good story. It might be just the opportunity to pour yourself a cup of tea, and settle in for a short celebration of Giuseppe Spadafora.
Giuseppi travels in his bus Edna Lu serving free tea, inviting people into conversation and community. This isn’t a brand-new news story. The fact is Giuseppi has been serving free tea for eight years now in an act of service and community building.
Here’s a short video highlighting his story.
He also blogs so you can read up about his various adventures here.
This story appeals to me in so many ways. We often doubt the impact we can have as individuals creating a kinder world, and one that fosters genuine connection in a time when we’ve connected ourselves digitally into ever-increasing physical isolation. We’re often so mired in a world that tries to frame everything as transactional – this for that – that it’s really lovely to see examples where that isn’t a motivating factor. Additionally, I especially like the simplicity of it all – a cup of tea offered, a conversation undertaken, in a bus that has solar-powered components and runs on used vegetable oil. Clearly more than just some of the tea is green. One of Giuseppi’s guiding principles is his wish “to live in a world less selfish and more sharing.” I can drink to that. What about you?
If we were sharing tea and conversing, what would you want to talk about? Do tell – you know I love to hear.