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>>THAT’S GENEROUS.>>WE CAN’T EVEN AGREE TO>>WE CAN’T EVEN AGREE TO DISAGREE. DISAGREE. THAT’S SORT OF WHERE WE ARE. THAT’S SORT OF WHERE WE ARE. WE FOUND A WOMAN WHO’S OUT TO WE FOUND A WOMAN WHO’S OUT TO CHANGE ALL OF THAT. CHANGE ALL OF THAT. LEE HARMEYER THOUGHT HE WAS LEE HARMEYER THOUGHT HE WAS RETIRED, UNTIL HIS DAUGHTER RETIRED, UNTIL HIS DAUGHTER SARAH CALLED THE FORMER COMPUTER SARAH CALLED THE FORMER COMPUTER EXECUTIVE ONE DAY AND SAID, DAD, EXECUTIVE ONE DAY AND SAID, DAD, CAN YOU MAKE ME A TABLE. CAN YOU MAKE ME A TABLE. THOUGH HE HAD ONLY DABBLED IN THOUGH HE HAD ONLY DABBLED IN WOOD WORK, HE MADE TWO. WOOD WORK, HE MADE TWO. HE’S MADE 241 OF THEM SINCE. HE’S MADE 241 OF THEM SINCE.>>I DIDN’T THINK SHE WAS GOING>>I DIDN’T THINK SHE WAS GOING TO NEED THAT MANY, BUT NOW I TO NEED THAT MANY, BUT NOW I BUILT OVER 200 OF THEM. BUILT OVER 200 OF THEM.>>SARAH HAD JUST MOVED TO>>SARAH HAD JUST MOVED TO DALLAS. DALLAS. SHE USED AN APP TO INVITE A FEW SHE USED AN APP TO INVITE A FEW NEIGHBORS TO COME OVER TO GET NEIGHBORS TO COME OVER TO GET ACQUAINTED. ACQUAINTED.>>I LITERALLY ON THE INVITATION>>I LITERALLY ON THE INVITATION WAS AS HONEST AS THIS, I’LL HAVE WAS AS HONEST AS THIS, I’LL HAVE LIVE MUSIC, BRING A BEVERAGE, LIVE MUSIC, BRING A BEVERAGE, BRING A DISH TO SHARE, AND WE’LL BRING A DISH TO SHARE, AND WE’LL HAVE A POT LUCK, WELL 91 PEOPLE HAVE A POT LUCK, WELL 91 PEOPLE SHOWED UP THAT NIGHT. SHOWED UP THAT NIGHT.>>STOP IT.>>STOP IT.>>AND IN THAT MOMENT, I>>AND IN THAT MOMENT, I REALIZED PEOPLE JUST WANT TO BE REALIZED PEOPLE JUST WANT TO BE INVITED. INVITED. THEY WANT TO BE A PART OF THEY WANT TO BE A PART OF THINGS. THINGS.>>SHE HAD JUST QUIT HER JOB,>>SHE HAD JUST QUIT HER JOB, WAS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW. WAS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW. THEN AND THERE, HER HEART TOLD THEN AND THERE, HER HEART TOLD HER TO START A BUSINESS BASED ON HER TO START A BUSINESS BASED ON A VERY OLD IDEA. A VERY OLD IDEA.>>I THINK 2000 YEARS AGO, WE>>I THINK 2000 YEARS AGO, WE WERE GIVEN THIS INVITATION TO WERE GIVEN THIS INVITATION TO LOVE OUR NEIGHBORS, AND I WANT LOVE OUR NEIGHBORS, AND I WANT TO TAKE THAT TO HEART. TO TAKE THAT TO HEART.>>NEIGHBORS TABLE WAS BORN.>>NEIGHBORS TABLE WAS BORN. TABLES MEANT TO SERVE MUCH MORE TABLES MEANT TO SERVE MUCH MORE THAN FOOD. THAN FOOD.>>EVERYONE’S GOT A PLACE>>EVERYONE’S GOT A PLACE SETTING SO FIND YOUR NAME. SETTING SO FIND YOUR NAME.>>HOW DOES THIS FIT INTO HOWDY>>HOW DOES THIS FIT INTO HOWDY VICIVE VICIVE — HOW DIVISIVE IT FEELS IN — HOW DIVISIVE IT FEELS IN THIS COUNTRY. THIS COUNTRY.>>THE CULTURE IS FIGURING OUT>>THE CULTURE IS FIGURING OUT HOW AM I DIFFERENT FROM YOU. HOW AM I DIFFERENT FROM YOU. WHAT A TABLE DOES, IT’S THIS WHAT A TABLE DOES, IT’S THIS GREAT EQUALIZER AND IT SAYS HOW GREAT EQUALIZER AND IT SAYS HOW AM I SIMILAR TO YOU, AND I AM I SIMILAR TO YOU, AND I INVITE PEOPLE TO DO A LOT OF INVITE PEOPLE TO DO A LOT OF LISTENING AT THE TABLE. LISTENING AT THE TABLE.>>SARAH DELIVERS THEM ALL, AND>>SARAH DELIVERS THEM ALL, AND TODAY, SHE BROUGHT ONE TO TODAY, SHE BROUGHT ONE TO SHANNON AND LUKE BURTON’S PLACE SHANNON AND LUKE BURTON’S PLACE OUTSIDE OF DALLAS. OUTSIDE OF DALLAS.>>I WANT TO MAKE SURE ALL OF>>I WANT TO MAKE SURE ALL OF YOU GUYS KNOW EACH OTHER REAL YOU GUYS KNOW EACH OTHER REAL BRIEFLY. BRIEFLY.>>SHE WANTS TO BE THERE FOR THE>>SHE WANTS TO BE THERE FOR THE FIRST MEAL AND TO LET ALL KNOW FIRST MEAL AND TO LET ALL KNOW THE TABLE HAS A MISSION. THE TABLE HAS A MISSION.>>THOSE THAT WOULD GATHER HERE>>THOSE THAT WOULD GATHER HERE WOULD KNOW LOVE, WOULD KNOW WHAT WOULD KNOW LOVE, WOULD KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE INCLUDED AND IT FEELS LIKE TO BE INCLUDED AND TO FEEL CONNECTED WITH OTHERS. TO FEEL CONNECTED WITH OTHERS.>>SHANNON HAD LOOKED AT TABLES>>SHANNON HAD LOOKED AT TABLES ONLINE FOR MONTHS BUT KEPT ONLINE FOR MONTHS BUT KEPT COMING BACK TO SARAH’S WEB SITE, COMING BACK TO SARAH’S WEB SITE, WHERE THERE IS NO CLICK TO WHERE THERE IS NO CLICK TO PURCHASE. PURCHASE.>>AND SO YOU HAVE TO SEND AN>>AND SO YOU HAVE TO SEND AN E-MAIL, AND SHE REPLIED BACK AND E-MAIL, AND SHE REPLIED BACK AND YOU KNOW WHAT SHE WANTED TO YOU KNOW WHAT SHE WANTED TO KNOW, I WANT TO KNOW WHO’S GOING KNOW, I WANT TO KNOW WHO’S GOING TO BE SITTING AROUND THE TABLE, TO BE SITTING AROUND THE TABLE, AND I THOUGHT, WOW, THIS IS AND I THOUGHT, WOW, THIS IS UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT, WHO DOES UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT, WHO DOES THAT. THAT.>>THAT EVENING, THE BURTONS AND>>THAT EVENING, THE BURTONS AND THEIR CHILDREN SHARED THEIR NEW THEIR CHILDREN SHARED THEIR NEW TABLE WITH A REPORTER AND A FEW TABLE WITH A REPORTER AND A FEW FRIENDS, INCLUDING ALICIA WHO FRIENDS, INCLUDING ALICIA WHO TOLD US WHY THIS IDEA OF A TOLD US WHY THIS IDEA OF A NEIGHBOR’S TABLE WAS JUST SO NEIGHBOR’S TABLE WAS JUST SO IMPORTANT. IMPORTANT.>>AND OFTEN TIMES, I USED TO>>AND OFTEN TIMES, I USED TO WONDER WHY DIDN’T ANYONE INVITE WONDER WHY DIDN’T ANYONE INVITE ME TO THE TABLE. ME TO THE TABLE.>>AT THAT MOMENT, WE KNEW THE>>AT THAT MOMENT, WE KNEW THE TABLE AND THE PEOPLE AROUND IT TABLE AND THE PEOPLE AROUND IT WERE FULFILLING ITS PURPOSE. WERE FULFILLING ITS PURPOSE.>>THERE’S TWO WAYS TO LIVE, WE>>THERE’S TWO WAYS TO LIVE, WE CAN EITHER LIVE IN LOVE OR WE CAN EITHER LIVE IN LOVE OR WE CAN LIVE IN FEAR. CAN LIVE IN FEAR. AND PEOPLE ASK ME ALL THE TIME, AND PEOPLE ASK ME ALL THE TIME, WELL, SARAH, HOW CAN YOU INVITE WELL, SARAH, HOW CAN YOU INVITE THE GUY WHO JUST SACKED YOUR THE GUY WHO JUST SACKED YOUR GROCERIES TO COME JOIN YOU AT GROCERIES TO COME JOIN YOU AT THE TABLE, I’M LIKE, WHY NOT.

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