"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." - Vincent Van Gogh

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Finding Strength in Community

People need people. A lone log cannot burn without the ignition of other logs. Together the burning logs make a fire. The more logs, the greater the fire!

No matter who you are or what you do, you need other people. Even introverts needs others! Very few of us wish to be hermits. (Consider Howard Hughes). Even a short term hermit imposed time can turn one into a hermit crab! Sometimes artists or people of different religious convictions go into a time of seclusion to hear their inner voice and calm themselves but eventually they come back to the world to share what they've learned.

Children learn community through family and in school. Employees find community among their fellow workers. Others find community in their neighborhoods, churches or support groups.

Whatever your special interest, or struggle, you need community.

Facebook is built around the idea of community. We have friends, pages, likes and are always bombarded with more opportunities to broaden our virtual community.

Blogs such as this can build community. Even if you are one of 100 readers who you don't know, you are in a sense part of something larger than yourself and gaining support.

I'm part of a few photography communities where I get a chance to develop my skills on a deeper level and meet fellow minded travelers on life's journey who share some of the same struggles and triumphs. They share with me and I share with them and together we all become more of who we can be.

So today, your challenge is two fold. If you are feeling a bit "unplugged" try to think about what kind of community you can join. Now google and see what web communities you can be a part of. Write on the boards. Get to know people. Show an interest in others. Fall is a good time to do that.

At the same time see if there is anything in your local area that you can plug into that you can physically rub shoulders with and further develop yourself!

Being part of a community is good for the soul!

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