Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Comfort of Community

Com-mu-ni-ty (noun) A group of people living together in one place.

There's the literal translation: Charlotte, NC or Oklahoma City, OK

You can also define "community" as your profession: Marketer, Teacher or Athlete

Then, of course, there are more unconventional and complex communities.

The college community: Friends and classmates. Fellow slaves to the library - okay, in my case it was "slave to the late night Diet Dr. Pepper."

The dance community: Dancers will always have something in common to talk about and experiences to share.

The proud parent community: They beam when they talk about their children, but no one thinks they are bragging.

The runner community: Both the formal and informal. I don't care if it's your usual running route or if you're running in a city while on vacation, there is a runner's code. There's a nod that says, "I know what you're going through, but somehow I keep putting one foot in front of the other too."

There's the work community: Everyone is striving towards the same end result. The goal could be profit, philanthropy, creation, expression or basic necessity, but they're all working for something.

My favorite community of all is the community you forget about until you need it.

It's the compassionate community: The friend who waits, without being asked, for you to be ready to talk. The parent that wishes they could take on all of the hurt their child faces. It's the co-worker that sits at your desk and doodles your name... without acknowledging that they are there as silent support.

It's the community that lets you know you are not alone... and isn't that what life is all about?

Live life glamorously,

1 comment:

  1. You is kind. You is smart. You is important. Que es mi hija!