Some days, this world seems like it has lost its sense of community. The world is in opposition with political unrest and discontent. We’re running here, there and everywhere trying to keep up with “life” and our more, more, more attitudes. Everyone is so busy with the hustle and bustle we’re losing our humanity and sense of community. People cram so many activities in one day that we’re too busy to look around. Working though lunch, business dinners and multitasking have taken away from connecting with the people around us and we’re losing our sense of community.
It’s high time we look up from our phones and computers to see the people around us. How often do you really pay attention to the people you’re with? Do you give them your undivided attention? When you’re with someone are you present? Or are you thinking of all the things that need to get done? Do you make eye contact to try to find the essence of the person you’re with? Can you sense their perspective, by putting yourself in their shoes?
The phrase “It takes a village to raise a child” is so true! This phrase is an old African proverb which means that it takes an entire community of different people interacting with children in order for a child to experience and grow in a safe environment. It depicts the sense of community that is necessary for our children and the people around us. I think it also applies to the elderly and sick. It’s important to help wherever we can, whether it’s volunteering at a school or lending a hand to someone in need. There are many sources of community to be a part of starting with family, schools, local groups from recycling to dog rescues to the church you attend.
Perhaps we would all be a little kinder if we understood that everyone is dealing with something heavy in their lives. We all have burdens. It’s the support of our community that keeps us going whether it’s a loved one, spouse or friends, family members or coworkers. If we become kinder and caring, we learn tolerance and respect that can change lives.
Life is way to short so find time for happiness and help others. Your tombstone will not read she had a nice house and great shoes! It will read beloved mother, daughter, son, or husband. Beloved is the key. It’s not what we have in our lives but the who we have and the memories along the way. If we start that caring circle within our family then our friends then add our local community we can make a huge difference in our lives and others as well. It just takes a little time and effort so take the small steps to be an empowered part of your community.
Start by slowing down.
Talk to people around you.
Be the friend you want to have.
Call and check on those you care about.
Help a neighbor.
Give up your seat to someone who needs it.
Give thanks, making time for gratitude.
Be courteous… Use your manners, please and thank you, hold a door open for someone.
Respect your elders.
By interacting and getting to know other people in our community, Maybe, just maybe if we can see that we are all more alike than we are different, we will make this world a better place.