“When you have more than you need, build a longer table not a higher wall.”
“Community” is a word I hear at least a dozen times a day. It’s almost to the point where it feels like some kind of buzzword. A word so overused it’s lost it’s significance or definition.
So, here you go - according to dictionary.com:
a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.
a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
I truly believe with every fiber of my being that our society is broken. I’ve worked in food service, retail, higher education, and the non-profit sector. I’ve seen our education, foster care, healthcare, and legal systems fail my friends, family, and neighbors more times than I can count. But… I also believe with everything I am that it CAN be fixed. If we want to do the work to fix it.
Call me a snowflake all you want – that’s cool! Because snowflakes can make a damn avalanche.
I believe it starts with our community. With the group of people living in our neighborhood, school district, and cities. If we take care of those closest to us, it will make where we live, and who we are, the best it can be. We have to take a long, critical look at where we are and see who are struggling or fading right next to us. See who we can give a hand-up to. Who we can create a fellowship with and intentionally make the world a little bit better.