A community is said to be a group of people having something in common. A community can be a variety of people ranging no matter if they like each other or they don’t the fact is they have a common factor that binds them together. Whether it’s family, friendship circles, Facebook groups, hobbies, work or even social backgrounds, a community of people can be excellent resources, and everyone should embrace a community of some sort.
I took a communications class last semester, and we learned how healthy communities and socializing is actually vital for us as humans. There are resources gathered around about this, but since I’m blogging daily this month, and time is a little limited, we may just have to revisit this another time. I myself have given this some thought as a super introverted person, (heck I who am I kidding, sometimes, I am even a recluse!) and here’s what I have found.
There are times I want to be alone. I love my alone time, I need it, and I get it whenever possible. I have also found, in my need to disconnect from all of the noise around me, from the people, from the world, my disconnection can become just that. Disconnection. I can speak for days about disconnection, but today’s #write28days challenge is about #community, so let’s move on.
Two quick references- 1st- There are several things the bible tells us about community and fellowship, but here’s one I selected and enjoyed~ Hebrews 13:16 Tells us: But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
I believe we are to be in fellowship, and quite honestly, it took me a long time to grasp that concept.
I’m very to myself, to my people, to my family, to my circle. I have learned through fellowship and community, there is inspiration to and from, and there is accountability, and there are people who care. My pastor always speaks to us about fellowship and the importance; I think growth and a real sense of community can come from fellowship. There’s a lot of people with no one out there, and caring for one another is important. It Takes A Village People! 2nd Reference – There are tons of resources and articles about this topic, but here’s one I found pretty cool as well. It is from healthy brains.org regarding brain health and function- Check this out, they say: “A rich social network provides sources of support, reduces stress, combats depression and enhances intellectual stimulation. Studies have shown that those with the most social interaction within their community experience the slowest rate of memory decline. ” Click here for more info. I mean wow! and I am all about brain health, all health is important, right?
If you feel the need to get out there and be part of something, Just Do It! You will be so happy that you did!
Here’s A List of Some Ways You Might Step Into Your Community
- Bible study at church
- Enrolling in college ( yes I as an adult went back to school)
- Volunteer with a non-profit
- Volunteer at church
- Join a Sports team.
- Check out Meetup and find a safe local group with similar interests.
- Go to community events held by your HOA and neighborhood
- Search interests on Facebook, there are tons of groups.
- Enroll in a class locally, whether its fitness, dancing, cooking, yoga or something to learn, there’s something for everyone.
- Join a group or create one, a lot of men and women join side business direct sells companies or organizations to help with personal growth and to find like-minded people to grow with. ( I did it with Mary Kay years ago and created my Coffee, Calendars, and Conversations group for just that as well- Community.
- Go to a concert or festival, Enjoy yourself!
Now I Shared earlier that I myself am quite a loner of sorts, however, community comes in all shapes and forms. My community includes my small family (my children, hubby, pets and future daughter in law), my family ( mom dad bro’s, sis, their children, in-laws, cousins, aunts uncles, etc.) church family, blogger groups, my planner groups including my own tribe at Coffee Calendars and Conversations, online community circles, groups, co-workers, neighbors oMG! My neighbors! We have the best neighbors, we check in each other, make each other food, laugh, accompany each other, play games, eat, drink, take care of each other when the other has needs, now that’s community. I have friendships, mostly small circle tight-knit friends, organizations, volunteer groups, heck I recently met some folks online with a similar band we love and these people are awesome!, I’m sure there are more I am missing some, but I cannot tell you how important all of these people have been in my life. I prefer solitude most of the time, not gonna lie, but without community and belonging, I do not know what I would have done. Just like I said earlier.
It takes a Village.
Until, next time- Get out there and enjoy the people around you, be a blessing and be blessed! ~ Crystal