These days, most families don’t have family breakfast together. They don’t spend enough time together, talking to each other or playing with each other. Nor do they have time for hanging out and enjoying the sustaining energy families can provide.
We now live in a paradox. Infinitely more connected electronically than ever before in human history, we are ironically growing more and more disconnected interpersonally.
As a result, this is bad for your health, your psyche, and your sense of well-being. Likewise, it affects your ability to work and perform at your best.
However, there is a simple cure. I call it “the other vitamin C,” vitamin Connect.
What is Vitamin Connect?
Vitamin Connect is even more powerful than ascorbic acid. This other vitamin C is free and infinite in supply. Yet, the sad fact is that most people don’t get enough of it. Why?
It’s simply because they spend too much time on their electronic devices or rushing from one inconsequential obligation to another.
How to Get More Vitamin Connect
One easy, fun, and immensely valuable way to get your minimum daily requirement of vitamin Connect is to reserve time for family breakfast.
Before you immediately protest with all the reasons you can’t do this–different schedules, different sleep patterns, different appetites–let me remind you of what you know to be true:
- that if you really want to do it, it is likely you can find a way to make it happen.
And, unlike many steps you can take to improve your life, this one is fun, fun, fun.
When was the last time you smelled the aroma of bacon wafting upstairs? Or the last time you whipped up some scrambled eggs and pancakes? What about when you poured hot coffee for more than just yourself?
Breakfast is a meal of endless variety. I often start my day by making a shake for everyone who will drink it, composed of almond milk, chopped kale, blueberries, and powdered wheat grass. My kids think it’s gross, but that sparks a fun discussion.
Cooking Breakfast Together
The fun–and potential chaos–of cooking breaking together is not to be underestimated as well. And after you’ve prepared the meal you can sit down together as a family and hold hands, expressing gratitude for the day and for each other. Furthermore, you can share stories of what you’re all hoping for–or dreading–as the day unfolds.
Overall, it’s a hugely positive way to start the day, giving a charge of energy, enthusiasm, and the unmatched power of vitamin Connect.
As you eat whatever it is you’ve made for each other, as you slurp and burp and reach across the table, an invisible force intertwines you all. This force gives you the special powers that connection confers, powers that over time are unsurpassed in creating health, joy, and well-being.
Family breakfast. Give it a try!
Here are five tips to get you going:
- Let family members take turns being in charge of the menu.
- Specify a time for breakfast early enough that everyone can make it
- If someone wants to sleep through, don’t let them. This is a required event! Soon, everyone will love it.
- Make sure you also take turns with clean-up, so the same person (mom?) doesn’t get stuck with it every time.
- Finally, once in a while, treat the family to breakfast out at a restaurant!
Read more about creating a connected life in: Connect: 12 Vital Ties that Open Your Heart, Lengthen Your Life, and Deepen Your Soul, Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1999.
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