Building Community Wherever You Find It

There’s no warmer feeling that being accepted for being who you are in a community you love. So why not build more of those? At home, at work, in your volunteer work, with organizations you belong to… What can you do to make sure everyone feels included and appreciated?

  • Be joyous.
  • Be warm.
  • Be kind.
  • Be helpful.
  • Be active – get things going.
  • Don’t be afraid to be yourself, to say what’s on your mind
  • Find or create ways for everyone to eat together.
  • Start conversations; ask questions and listen to the answers.
  • Introduce people to each other. A great way is to find things people have in common and make a connection between members of the group. “Where did you grow up?” “What brought you to this group?”
  • Be generous in spirit.
  • Watch for people who hover on the edges and invite them in. Be aware and then take action.
  • Don’t be afraid of people – expect that they are kind and want to be included even if they bristle at first!
  • Be accepting of everyone – no judgments.
  • Smile with your eyes, from the inside out.

If you aren’t part of any groups, why not join one and see what energy and joy you can bring in? Or start talking to strangers. Strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet. Be bold and trust that.

When you are joyous you bring joy to all of your encounters. Joy to the world – this time of year and always 🙂

Happy winter!!

Want to see other posts on this blog? There’s a small link below to the left that will take you to the most recent post. Or check out the column on the right to see what other folks are reading. Please try the “search” box at the top of the page if you’re looking for something specific.

If you’re reading this on your phone, all of that is below.

I welcome your thoughts and suggestions for future posts!

 

 

4 thoughts on “Building Community Wherever You Find It

  1. I LOVE THIS!! We truly are a family of community builders too! Looking at all of our varied interests and communities – from book clubs to church ladies to volunteers to kickball teams to Friendsgivings and theatre! We must be strong on the connection and community building gene! Hugs ladies! Have a Happy Hump Day! Karen

    Sent from my iPhone

    >

    Like

Please leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s