Community is not just a place on a map. It's much more than that. It's the people that animate a place or a passion. A community can be virtual. In fact, I stumbled upon a few blogs this week created by a few people who have almost instantly changed me for the better. This leads me to mention the obvious, the way that community looks has transformed so vastly over the past 20 years. The ability to connect with someone across the world is phenomenal. However, I find that much of that "connection" doesn't develop into a community as much as it ends up being more akin to consumption & contribution. Community forces us to engage with other people.
A rich community is one that includes people who are similar as well as diverse ideas, beliefs and methods of communication. Being engaged in a community involves listening, contribution, action, and investment. As a part of a good community, you will experience growth, awareness, support and a myriad of other benefits.
While I believe that so many people are drifting away from a rich community toward more isolation and voyeurism, I believe that we miss out on some of life's most significant blessings by avoiding community. To interact, share, be open, commit, and grow deeper creates capacity to experience more and be more. Don't just watch life, LIVE in community.