Day 2742: Community

On June 13, I am going to be facilitating an online community meeting for an esteemed community of group therapists.

Here’s an online definition of community:

com·mu·ni·ty
/kəˈmyo͞onədē/

1. a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.

2. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

As I’m looking at that definition, I’m thinking how important difference and diversity are (not just things shared in common) for enriching a community.

I’m planning on asking people questions during the online community meeting, like

  1. What does community mean to you?
  2. What gets in the way of community for you?
  3. What helps you connect to a community?

I’d also like to share the poem “community” by rupi kaur, which was featured in my previous blog post about community:

when the world comes crashing at your feet

it’s okay to let others

help pick up the pieces

if we’re present to take part in your happiness

when your circumstances are great

we are more than capable

of sharing your pain

Here‘s a video on rupi kaur  from the community of the Sikh Foundation of Canada.

 

Do any of my photos from yesterday relate to community?

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Because part of community is creating a safe enough space for others to participate, what are your thoughts and feelings about community?

I am grateful for all my communities, including this one!

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22 thoughts on “Day 2742: Community

  1. In times of social distancing, the safe embraces of community are more important than ever. Our world is so darn interesting, Ann.

  2. As for little tigers, it’s okay to let others like Oscar help pick up the pieces. It’s also okay to let others like Harley coach the entire process.

  3. Community is kind of like a big family! ღƪ(ˆ◡ˆ)ʃ♡ƪ(ˆ◡ˆ)ʃ♪ღƪ(ˆ◡ˆ)ʃ♡ƪ(ˆ◡ˆ)ʃ♪ღƪ(ˆ◡ˆ)ʃ♡ƪ(ˆ◡ˆ)ʃ♪

  4. I ask my kinder this each year, and they have a pretty good grasp of community. things like ‘taking care of the people around you and they’ll help you if you need it.” all about empathy, caring, connection, kindness, safety, compassion, and security. they get it

  5. puella33

    I like that poem, Ann- for me community is helping each other . Have a nice day, Ann

  6. I really like Rupi Kaur’s poem and that there’s a vast and complex community of Indian poets, past and present, and that they’re really part of a world community of poets which is open to anyone through the simple act of writing poetry.
    I’m also thinking about how community, communication, and communion all have the same common root, the Latin communio, which the OED says means, among other things, “shared nature or quality, kinship, obligingness”. That last word stands out for me because we’re all part of a common community and obligated to help each other and also because the spellcheck says it’s not a real word. We create language together, though, so any word that’s shared and understood by the community is a real word.

  7. Again, Another great looking meal. Appealing to all the senses.
    -Alan

  8. We need more community love and support right now. I’m scared where things are going in the U.S.. What happens in your country affects the whole world.

  9. Community is something we all need now and at all times

  10. I think community has certain shared values and agreements–basic, usually, because it’s a big tent.

  11. Pingback: Day 2745: How to be a racial transformer | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

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