Humans are social animals. Even introverts need a social network to be emotionally healthy. Here’s why and how to celebrate the gift of community.
‘Community’ is derived from the Latin communitas, which is a combination of two root words:
So community literally means coming together to share our gifts. Your community could be your marriage, family, workplace, social circle, or religious group. No matter the context, the two elements remain: how to come together, and how to effective share our gifts.
1. Gift of community
“The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt.” – Frederick Buechner
We all need to connect with other humans. Many people out there are lonely and discouraged. And somebody’s life could be better today because you made the effort to initiate or maintain contact.
So reach out to someone today. You will never know the full impact of a simple word or gesture from you. Just them know you were there with them, even if only for a moment. People need to know they are not alone.
“In every community there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. And in every heart there is the power to do it.” – Marianne Williamson
2. Gifts to community
“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.” – George Bernard Shaw
We all have different personal strengths. These are the gifts we can bring to the communities we live in.
If your gift is wisdom, share it with the young. If you are creative, beautify your environment. Do you have courage? Stand up for others. Are you a peace maker? Heal the world’s wounds. And if all you want to do is make people laugh, give that to the world too.
All of us have been given the gift of community. Let us be a gift to our communities too.