today i hosted a fika at a cafe for local coffee lovers who have stumbled onto my 40 days fika blog, followed my fika project, and/or been on my asheville coffee page on facebook. last week, when i met with a blogger friend for fika, we decided that we would meet every wednesday and open it up to any coffee lover who wants to join. my blogger friend has been featuring my fika posts on the asheville blog throughout the autumn. she has been an amazing catalyst for making connections with individuals through facebook and the blog she designs/hosts. so, with my 40 days fika project complete, it only seemed natural to begin to meet for fika with people, instead of on my own. and since i had gotten a local following, i thought i’d invite them to fika with me (us) – some of them had even asked my blogger friend if we could do this.
so, we did. and today was the official fika meet-up start!
just a bunch of strangers, meeting at a cafe, to drink coffee, talk about life, and share an hour or two together. let me tell you this, friends… it was awesome. we laughed. we joked. and we even talked about some serious life stuff as we swapped stories and shared our souls to with other.
what we did was create community. and that is what fika is all about.
“Everybody is a story. When I was a child, people sat around kitchen tables and told their stories. We don’t do that so much anymore. Sitting around the table telling stories is not just a way of passing time. It is the way the wisdom gets passed along. The stuff that helps us to live a life worth remembering.”
― Rachel Naomi Remen
“We must delight in each other, make others conditions our own, rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together, always having before our eyes our commission and community in the work, our community as members of the same body.”
― John Winthrop