Thursday, May 20, 2010

Power of Community

Hello Optimists,

I was reading my blogger friend's most recent post on Everyday Bliss (which is a great blog, you should definitely check it out) featuring the theme of Community. The author wrote that despite believing that Community is the foundation of everything, she had a hard time translating the meaning of it into words on her blog. I have this problem all the time; it's hard to get the right words from your mind onto the screen without losing the emotion, the feeling, or the expression through which you would normally express yourself. And especially with a topic like Community which represents such important ideas like shared experiences, collaboration, and conversations among many people- that's really hard to write about.

But this all got me thinking about community and what an important part it plays in all of our lives. It can be defined as the friends we associate with, our colleagues at work, a group of "soccer moms", some Phillies fans, or maybe even just the families living on our cul-de-sac. Whatever the common bond, being part of a community makes us feel like we fit in and can freely share our thoughts and feelings with other like-minded souls.

Building a community is tough, but once established, is pretty hard to break apart...and we can't deny the power of behind this. Communities can be large or small, peaceful or not-so-peaceful, loud or quiet. But no matter how they're defined, usually when a group of people get together with a common goal, they can really make things happen. Today's featured quote touches on this idea and reminds us that if we want to make a change or see something happen, we've got to come together as a community.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtfully committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead
The key here is thoughtfully committed citizens. It's easy to get together a large group of (as an old lady would say) "hooligans" and try to make noise about an issue that's being demonstrated against, but if the group isn't comprised of thoughtfully committed people who have the same ideas about change, that "community" will have little effect. But gather a group who feels passionately about something and that can commit themselves to the change they want to see happen, they can really move mountains. Now that's the power of community, and that's why it's so important to establish.

Where do you stand on collective power? Do you think community is important to create or do you think individuals are just as capable of influencing change? Let me know in the comment section below- I would love to hear (well, read) your thoughts!

Keep Smiling,

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the mention! I really appreciate it!

    To answer your question, I think individuals AND communities can make change in the world but usually a community will form around an inspiring individual so both aspects are present in most big endeavors. Martin Luther King was incredible as an individual but it was the community that formed around him that kept his vision moving forward, even after his death.

    Kathy over at Everyday Bliss


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