Have you noticed I haven’t written an actual Valentine’s Day post yet? I just realized I am one of the very few who hasn’t dedicated an entire post to this holiday. There is plenty out there on how to decorate for this holiday, what to give as gifts, how to make this day special and on and on. For me Valentine’s Day is supposed to be about love, and love is personal. It’s not that I hate Valentine’s Day, it’s just that love should be expressed every day.
Rather than writing a post now on this upcoming day to celebrate love in all its various forms. I want to talk about something quite different. If you would rather read something about Valentine’s day, check out what Wholey Jeans has to say today and enter for a chance to win a very unique prize, I’ll understand
I have a quote from a favorite book entitled Native Wisdom for White Minds by Anne Wilson Schaef:
Community is not something we can ‘make’ happen. Community emerges as we participate in life with those around us.
Why do I want to talk about community today? Because community is the extension of our home. It is where we live, work, shop, and play. To live in an area and yet be separate from all those around you is not engaging with your chosen community.
When you become part of your community you will find those who will cheer you on in your struggles, join you in your celebrations, and give you a sense of belonging that so many only say they want.
When you are connected to those around you, with your full attention you will find a greater sense of peace and security in your life. You will know you have people you can call on in an emergency and people to share a joke and laugh with. Loneliness will no longer be an issue.
It’s so easy to start, simply smile and say hello to those you see as you go about your day. I will leave you with a quote from the same book this time from Helena Norberg-Hodge, writing about the Ladakh:
Each individual is supported by a web of intimate relationships, and no one relationship has to bear too much weight. In Ladakh, I have never observed anything approaching the needy attachment or the guilt and rejection that is so characteristic of the nuclear family. All the signs tell us that the nuclear family is not working.
How have you joined your community and found the connections you needed in your life?