Connect With Your Community
March 25, 2017
A community can mean many things to many people. It can pertain to your neighborhood, your children’s school district of fellow parents, students, faculty and staff, your group of friends from high school, college or graduate school, your team or colleagues at work, your university alumni organization, your church or temple, your running group, your workout class or gym group, your sports teams, your parenting group or other personal or professional affiliations. Regardless of how you define it, for most people, the key benefit of having a community is having a sense of belonging and connection to others with similar interests, pursuits, values or life stages.
I feel very fortunate to have many strong communities in my life (from many of the affiliations mentioned above), which have resulted in really deep and strong friendships, for which I’m so incredibly grateful and truly cherish. I’m an extrovert and love connecting with people, so community is key for me. My husband and kids love connecting with people too, therefore, our family really values our communities we belong to.
I find when I put the time and energy into connecting with others, I feel really fulfilled. What a great felling it is to form a bond with others through listening, talking and helping and also allowing them to listen, talk and help you as well. I also find relating to and being there for others, in good times and challenging times, allows you to feel mutually understood and not alone. In many instances, someone has been where you are and can share their reactions, thoughts and advice based on their own experiences and often times, you can do the same for them. Everyone goes through tough times at one point or another when it comes to raising children, careers, marriages, health issues, family needs, financial needs and other life circumstances. Having the ability to rely on your community, can help get you through those tough times.
Whether you want to connect with two people or twenty two, the important thing is to find people you trust and with whom you feel a kinship and then keep building from there. I love the photo in this blog post. These women are some of my dearest girlfriends and are definitely a huge part of my community and life.
I encourage you all to find a community that resonates with you if you haven’t already and connect with the people within it on a regular basis. It will enrich your life and make it more meaningful and more fun! Finally, I welcome you all to our Passion Fit community (both online and locally), which is near and dear to my heart and one I think you’ll find fulfilling as well. 🙂
That’s it for today, Passion Fit Crew. Have a wonderful weekend and remember to connect with your community!