How can a person stand alone and be part of a community?
That is the question.
Well I don’t think anyone can stand alone and be part of a community.
But do I need to be part of a community?
That’s the next question.
Yes You do.
We all need to be part of communities because we are not wired to be alone. Everyone needs affection, not depression, everyone needs someone to help them up in the career, not pull them down, we all need people to encourage us every now and again.
But what if I can survive on my own?
That’s another question.
Do you want to go fast or far? Do you want to have energy when you are done traveling? Do you hope to have people bother to listen to your victory story? Do you hope they are others standing in the room when you rejoice?
Hmm I see where you are going but what if the community disappoints?
That’s the new question.
Oh my dear, humans are not perfect and many times even you act out your imperfections because of your nurturing (or lack there of), your experiences, your personality and more. I am not excusing the ills of people, I am asking you to learn to understand that a person’s background gets them to be the person they are and sometimes they come off as hurtful and not a blessing.
So are you saying I should remain in a community regardless of the hurt they bring to me?
Yet another question.
Oh that is not what I am saying my darling. What I am saying is that we need each other to make it through like, even businesses are successful because of humans and networks, and the fact that some people or communities have hurt you does not mean you should give up on the values that community can bring. They help you carry burdens.
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
Galatians 6:2 NIV
So how do I move forward then?
Pray and be led and find a community or go back to your old community, if that’s your leading. Be a blessing to the people there and watch yourself be blessed. It may not always seem like a blessed ride but if you have been ordered and planted there by God then you can know that in the end, it is worth it.
“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
Hebrews 13:16 NIV
Your community can start out as family or neighbors or classmates or office colleagues or religious group and grow to become indelible parts of who you are. This is why you want to be in the right one.
We All Need People (Each Other). So as you go about this week, reach out to someone, even an old friend and show love. (Thank you Agu, for inspiring this post). ❤️😊
I hope you find a community that inspires and grows you (and vice versa).
Thank you for being part of my community and for reading. You encourage me to be.