When you think about where you live, what is that brought you there?
Was it the rebel culture?
Local parks and eateries?
Nearby schools for your kiddies?
Or your friendly neighbours?
Whatever your reasoning, where you live has become ‘home’ typically because of the community you’ve created there.
Without communities, we would live very isolated lives with minimal to no contact outside of our immediate social circle. Getting outside of our close-knit group, and meeting new people is an essential part of cultivating a self-fulfilled life!
It allows us to support one another, interact, share experiences and our modern life struggles. Having this open bond with others is what builds valuable relationships, and gives us a deeper sense of belonging.
Communities are also rich in resources. Your strengths may be someone else’s weaknesses and vice versa. With many skills, common goals can be achieved that much faster!
When you think about the community you want to build or be a part of what comes to mind?
[…]Good health can often be taken for granted, but it really is the foundation for achieving all other goals.
It’s especially important for members of a community to participate in decisions that impact [the community as a whole] […]
We understand the importance of community, yet so many of us tend to feel disconnected.
Enter the virtual world of online social media, email, and chat to connect instead of face to face interaction! […] We have to be careful to not let it replace the local, physical connection.
Want to get more involved in your local community? Here’s how:
- Pay it forward with Random Acts of Kindness
- Buy from local businesses
- Join local groups, meet-ups or clubs
- Get to know folks of different backgrounds
- Become active in local school systems
- Host and organize local gatherings or parties
- Spend more time outside and away from TV and the digital world
- Research and become active in community events
The American dream of rising above impoverishment and leading a successful life is embodied in the idea of Rugged Individualism. America’s early settlers, pioneers, military, etc. were Rugged Individualists.