Where is the Most Healing Place on the Planet?
If you guessed “in a community”, you guessed right. A community is a healing place for so many reasons. There is no better healing place than among a group of people who know and care about you, who support and hear and understand you, who consider you an important addition to the group just because you are a part of it.
Community is the Universal Happy Place.
Everyone needs a happy place and everyone needs a community, too. In every conversation I have about community (and I have a lot of those), people bemoan the fact that community is diminishing in our society. We lack and need community now more than ever before.
My communities have supported me during the lowest times in my life. When I was going through a difficult time, I would sometimes go to the group chat box of my online community and type, “Is anybody here?” No frowning emoji, nothing but those words. Of course, on FB, you can tell if anybody is there or not but within minutes, someone would arrive and type, “I’m here, Lori.” Because my online community consists of members all around the globe, someone is always awake when I need to talk. Someone is always there for me. What an incredible gift that is! How would our world be today if everyone enjoyed had such a supportive, wonderful community!
Community is a gift for introverts as much as it is for extroverts. I find I have become more introverted in recent years yet community suits me now as much as it did while I was in my extroverted years because no matter where I am, with my community or alone, I never feel alone. I never feel alone.
And that is what I want for every living soul who walks the planet today, so that being alone is a choice, not a life condition; so that nobody ever has to feel alone, even at times when they are.
Do you have the support and camaraderie of a community in your life?
Photo: Lori – taken at my Happy Place