I’ve been thinking a lot about community these days and what it means to truly be apart of something bigger than myself.People are happier, healthier, and far more effective in community. Community may look like family, a close-knit neighborhood, spiritual congregation, coworkers, book club, tennis team, or retirement community. When we involve ourselves in community, we work for the greater good of the group. An example of a close-knit neighborhood: we share meals; we watch each others’ pets when someone goes out of town, we look out for each others’ children and the elders of the neighborhood; we help keep things clean by picking up trash or planting trees; we know each others’ birthdays and get together as a neighborhood at least a few times a year.
There are times to go within and align with self. And there are times to become part of something outside of self. This week I want to encourage you to reach out to others. Become a part of something outside of your comfort zone. Rekindle a relationship. Check up on a neighbor or friend. See where and how you can be of service.
Making this move from “me” to “we” can increase happiness and peace. It is a move from selfish to selfless and you never know how big of a difference you can make in the lives of others until you get out there and dive in.