The Cost of Loving.
These days - for good reason - economists are obsessed with inflationary expectations. The high cost of living was cited as the number one issue for American voters two weeks ago.
The cost of living keeps going up, but at least the cost of loving stays the same. And, often, it’s at Thanksgiving dinner when we are reminded of the cost of loving our family.
Yes, there’s your uncle Curmudgeon who drinks too much and praises too little. Your heroic sister whose life is full of spinning plates, but - damn - how she’s seemingly undisturbed and perfectly coiffed for tonight’s dinner. And, when your children are teenagers and have zero desire to join you for turkey, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.
While tonight’s dinner may feel expensive, your heart is not like your wallet. Love doesn’t work like that. A financial currency can run low when you overspend, but the familial currency of love only grows when you spend it. We find we have even more when we think of our love as a gift that keeps giving.
So, tonight, instead of talking about who will be our next President, the NFL, the weather, or the high cost of living, consider jumping into the deep end with a Generations Over Dinner conversation about Purpose, Love and Relationships, or Solving Society Problems. Maybe you share this video with your family today and check out the website to determine which topic feels most salient for you and your family. MEA’s Generations Over Dinner initiative costs you nothing and may give you a huge reward of a deeper connection with your family.