It’s an old French fable about hungry travelers who arrive at a new town and would like something to eat. They have no money to purchase any food, so they set up a pot of boiling water in the center of town and start adding stones to the pot. They attract the attention of the villagers, who are curious about what they are doing. They explain that they are making "stone soup", but it would be even better if they just had some vegetables to add to the soup to improve its flavor and nutrition.
One villager, who anticipates enjoying a share of the soup, does not mind parting with a few carrots, so these are added to the soup. Another villager walks by, inquiring about the pot, and the travelers again mention how their stone soup has not yet reached its full potential. All it needs is a bit more seasoning to enhance the flavor. Sure enough, the curious villager hands them a little bit of seasoning.
More and more villagers walk by, each adding another ingredient-some potatoes, a bit of meat, an onion or two and some beans. Finally, the stone (being inedible) is removed from the pot, because an awesome transformation has taken place. What started out as a pot filled with water and stones has become a delicious and nourishing pot of soup filled to the brim - with more than enough to feed the travelers and villagers alike.
While it might seem, at first glance, that this is a story about two travelers who have tricked a village to provide them with food to eat, it is really about how we are all nourished - in body as well as spirit - when we all add what we can to the “pot” that is our community. Everyone is filled, and there is more than enough for all.
It’s really just that simple. If we all contribute something to the pot of Stone Soup, we will all feast. Join us is cooking up a pot filled with support to help us feed our hungry neighbors in need!
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