Over the last 4 months I have been reminded many times of the power of community. Before I explain why let’s look at the definition of the word “community”.
Wikipedia defines community as “A community is a social unit of any size that shares common values, or that is situated in a given geographical area (e.g. a village or town). It is a group of people who are connected by durable relations that extend beyond immediate genealogical ties, and who usually define that relationship as important to their social identity and practice.”
The reason I have been reminded of the power of community is that I have had some health challenges over these last months. The support I have received has been a constant reminder to me of the importance of a community.
No one can do it all alone and we do draw strength from each other.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
― Mother Teresa
I have realized there are different types of communities in my life.
1. The power of community – Local
I suspect that once a community was very much a village or a town. I live in a holiday type town on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia. Because of the nature of the town there is a strong sense of community here. I never experienced this living in cities and I have grown to love the power of community.
People support each other and have a strong sense of belonging.
2. The power of community – family and friends
Here I am referring to family or friends who may live anywhere in the world but we feel connected to them. These people form a different type of community in our lives than perhaps our local geographical community.
I know I have friends from years back who I do not see very regularly however I have a deep connection with them. These people are there for us when we need a friend.
3. The power of community – online world
For those of us who came to the Internet to build a business we have developed our online communities.
For me personally I have some wonderful friends I have met online that I am yet to meet in the flesh. The bonds we share are strong.
4. The power of community – networks
There is a category of networks such as business networks, sporting clubs, gyms and many other types of networks where strong bonds are often formed.
One such community in my life has come about because of a workshop I did many years ago called Money and You. The communities from that course still live on today.
When I started reflecting on this particular community I realized just how many friends I have from those days. There was a special bond formed with many people.
“Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.” Paul Ryan
We all need to feel like we belong to something. We all need to have a sense of community.
Have an amazing day!