In this weeks blog the focus is on community. How do you define community?
In my life the definition of community has evolved because of my lived experiences with family, friends and work. Community is defined in the dictionary as “a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.” Or “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.”
As a child my community was centered around my family. This included my mom and dad’s families. My grandparents emigrated from Italy so “Family” was our community. Imagine going to school thinking that everyone is like yourself. I found out quickly that the community I experienced was just a fraction of a much larger community. It was difficult for me because I felt out of place and knew I was different. I also knew that in going home I would feel safe amongst my own community. Little did I know the adventure that awaited me. As I grew and matured I realized that community included my neighbors, classmates, the stranger at the grocery store and the person huddled under a blanket on the street corner. I realized that the choices I made impacted others because we are all connected as one human family. Yes my faith and belief in a government that would work for the good of all did impact my life. But these were only stepping stones to help guide me. Listening to my heart, observing situations and listening to my neighbor while watching their body language taught me more about community than all the rest. Offering a kind word or a smile to another can change the outcome of a persons day. Our community includes family, friends, coworkers, other drivers on the road, the sick, the lonely, our senior citizens, our children, and yes the homeless. Our community is so much larger than we think. Who in our community is in need of healing this week? Join me on Thursday evening October 3rd at 7:30 for a healing circle that will focus on the needs of our community.