* * *"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'" C.S. Lewis
Several years ago, I was fortunate to be a part of a dinner club that was forming among brand new friends. During those first few months, we all began to reveal our inner selves to each other -- and our passion for wine, food & life!
Fears of judgment began to chip away as I let down my wall and began to really share “me.” Much to my surprise, no one really cared if my house was not 100% presentable or if I gave my kids a bath while they stood naked in a tub not filled with bubbles & toys. We also didn’t care that the culinary experience at one of our homes was a simple (but delicious) homemade pizza!
What we learned about each other during these times together was that while life is happening, you need to share it with others around you, and when you do, true friendships form. Friendships that last forever!
Recently, I discovered another opportunity for a new circle of friends to come together. Last summer I joined Inspired Wining with one other friend. We were already in a Bible Tasting ~ Wine Study group together. Out of this group of individuals, several of us decided we particularly enjoyed the Wine Study and that we should continue getting together once a month. Viola! Our Inspired Wining group was born. We've officially been meeting since December.
In the short period of time since December, we've shared birthdays, deaths, life's ups and downs….AND OF COURSE WINE!
Although we haven’t found a particular philanthropic cause yet, without a doubt we have been inspired to join together in the cause of Friendship.
Cheers to my Inspired Wining friends & to those of you thinking about forming your own group!
Michelle C. Davis is currently enjoying a career at Greensboro College as a Senior Development Officer. This role exemplifies her love for relationships and the ability to share her "gift of gab" with people who have a great cause in common. Having two teenagers on the cusp of entering the world of higher education, Michelle has an appreciation for support of the college community.