Change The Culture - Part I “Friendsgiving”


Right now I’m on a walk around the neighborhood block, stuffed with turkey, mashed potatoes and rolls.

I finished eating a few minutes before my friends at our Friendsgiving, and just realized I hadn’t written yet today. So I’m writing on my phone as I walk, rounding the first corner, hoping to be done by the time I finish one lap.

Friendsgiving is the most important event of the year. In our culture, where family traditions and antiquated customs dictate our busy schedules and travel budgets, it’s amazing that a group of friends thinks it’s important enough to have a potluck dinner. It’s amazing to me that this is a priority for my friends and so many other groups of friends across the country.

I don’t want to blow this out of proportion, because the idea of a potluck is not novel or new. But what’s so special about this is in the wake of hundred year old traditions, people still believe they can create their own traditions.

In short, they believe they can create their own culture. 

For the next two days I’ll be blogging on the importance of changing the culture. I intend to get pretty honest about the ways I think we should spend our lives.

Keep the soft yellow lights, the smell of the hot cider, and the sound of the quiet hum of laughing people in your mind as we continue. I can hear just that as I stand just on the other side of the fence. Keep that in mind because that’s what culture change looks like.

And you have the power to do it.


Joshua Reese