by Dave Markwell

I enjoy potluck dinners very much. Though, I have learned through many years of attending these events to always bring what I like. Having been disappointed too many times in the past by lofty expectations of someone else bringing something awesome, I have taking matters into my own hands. So, I now bring something I am certain that someone will like. That “someone” is ME. I do not leave the fate of my appetite’s satisfaction to others.

All of this SAID, I still really love potlucks. Most of the time, a vast array of delectable deliciousness fills the long table. New twists on old ideas and simply brand-new recipes broaden my food consumption experience. I like this. I like new stuff. While I always have my parachute dish handy should the table look like a plane wreck about to happen, most of the time, it is unnecessary. People cook some good stuff.

Another beautiful thing about a potluck is that all the different foods are contributed by many different types of people. The folks surrounding the table are often as varied and colorful as the food on it. Different outfits, hairstyles and ideas create a mosaic of humanity. This is as interesting to me as a new BBQ chicken marinade. And I really like chicken marinades.

A potluck of people is a tasty dish as well. We all bring something to the table. Sometimes it’s crappy, but sometimes it’s delicious. A fresh perspective, a new idea, a compelling story make the human potluck worthwhile. Our different spins on how a life can be lived opens minds and hearts. Without the various options, the meal would be bland. We need different perspectives to expand our palate of what’s possible. Lots of unexpected ideas taste good. It’s important to try them. You can always pull the ripcord on the parachute dish or hide the un-yummy stuff in your milk…

[EDITOR’S NOTE:”Feel Good Friday” is a regular column written by Des Moines resident Dave Markwell, who just published his first book called “A Feel Good Life” (buy it on Amazon here). Dave also extols to all neighbors: “Enjoy where we live. Put your feet on the pavement and truly feel how great it is to live here!” Also, you can “friend” Dave on Facebook here. Or work out with him at his exercise company Waterland CrossFit!]

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