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As Thanksgiving season arrived, I began picturing the day. Of course, that was inseparable from the Thanksgiving table. As a mediator, I perhaps give uncommon attention to tables, so some pondering ensued.
Is it too far a stretch to ask if tables might actually rival wheels as being game changers? Really, consider their ubiquity and how integral they are. What’s a meal without a table? Or a meeting? In many cases it’s even fair to ask, How much was achieved thanks in part to a table?
Curiously fundamental yet unobvious in their use, tables are essential in our lives. They are central to where important, memorable things happen; unimposing meeting points, if not what in fact draws us together. Transcending miles and reasons by providing destinations and frameworks, alike, tables enhance attendance, gatherings, discussions and productivity. No less, they play an important role in all the “showing up” that happens – something not to be taken for granted.
Of course, it’s the effort of organizing, the willingness to arrive, the dynamic that comes to life at the table, and all the possibilities which that engenders that give gravitas to what happens at the table. But what would all that be like without a table?