The Importance of Community

Sometimes lacking something in life makes you realize its importance. Roughly 10 years ago I was very sick with several medical issues that left me homebound.

My friends didn’t understand the issues that I was facing and because I wasn’t able to go out and do fun things with them, they left me in a heartbeat. I have learned a whole lot about this situation in my life and also there is much to be thankful for in this life, including good health.

Human Needs

We all have a desire to feel loved and that we have a sense of belonging. When I went through this really tough time medically, it was an even bigger realization because it was then that I felt so alone.

Sometimes we don’t realize the importance of something until it’s gone. We know that as human beings we all need each other, but we don’t always realize the extent to which we do.

Stronger in Numbers

The phrases “stronger together” and “strength in numbers” are very valid. Community and teamwork can bring us so far. We can rely on other people to share the good and the bad.

It is the most amazing feeling to be a part of something, to have a sense of belonging, and to feel like no matter what, we have someone in our corner.

My Experience

I have lived in many different neighborhoods and only two stick out in my mind as having a great sense of community, including the neighborhood that I live in now. I know what it is like to live somewhere that makes you feel like it’s “every man for himself.” I know what it’s like to live in places where some people don’t smile or wave to acknowledge that you are there.

Thankfully, the community that I live in now is a phenomenal one! I certainly feel blessed with such wonderful neighbors who genuinely enjoy each other’s company.

I try to be involved in the community as much as possible, and not only my own. I love to donate to charity even if it’s only a dollar and to donate items to the less fortunate. I love to help my neighbors in any way that I can like helping them with yard work or bringing them food when they are sick. A community is there for its members.

Food for Thought

Many times in life, we feel as though we need to deal with hardships on our own. Maybe we don’t want to burden others, maybe we feel like we are strong enough to handle whatever life throws at us. Whatever the reason, many of us do not reach out and rely on others for help through hard times.

We enjoy helping and taking care of others, but we don’t allow help in return in many cases. If we can open up and share our burdens and what is on our minds and in our hearts, we can lessen the load and feel much lighter. It can feel like a weight has been lifted off of us. We are human beings, we need each other, and we need to be there for each other.

Neighborhood Mysteries

I am naturally a very deep thinker and sometimes my mind comes up with things that many people may never think of or may find weird. I make a lot of observations and one came to me today as I was taking a stroll around the neighborhood.

As some of you may know, I adore taking walks and some of my biggest motivators are the ideas and experiences that occur while I am out for a stroll. I just happened to take a walk around the entire neighborhood in our section of homes. Some thoughts came to me as I ventured around on this summer day.

I saw one neighbor painting his house, another was doing yard work. An older gentleman was sitting outside enjoying the sun and fresh air on his patio. Not too far in front of me were two teen girls having a conversation while walking a dog. Another neighbor got into his car and drove away. Many people surrounded me.

A lot of what meets the eye doesn’t go beyond the surface level. We see beautiful homes, a quiet neighborhood, we see friendly neighbors, and green yards. What we don’t see is what is below the surface.


Each one of these individuals that we encounter has a life that they are living. They have struggles, dreams, and desires, and they have so much going on in their lives that we know nothing about.

When we take a step outside, typically we are greeted with a smile and everyone appears happy, but this is on the surface, this is what we see, not necessarily what truly is. What happens behind these closed doors? We don’t know what people are facing in life, we only see the outside and what they are willing to share with us.

The surface is just that. It is the very basic and simple appearance of something or someone that oftentimes ends up being nothing as it seems. Life is happening all around us.

I can picture people in their homes making dinner, watching TV, taking care of children, working, and having important conversations with their loved ones. I can picture the busyness that takes place, but all that I can see from the outside are beautiful homes and a quiet, peaceful environment.

I enjoy leaving you a takeaway piece at the end of my stories, something for you to ponder, something for you to wonder about, something that may help you in some way. As you go about your day today, may this be a reminder that there is so much more than meets the eye!

Neighbors

What a year this has been for all of us. This has been a year of big change and growth, a year of facing fears and uncertainty. In the midst of chaos, there is some beauty that lies. As with all things, there is a silver lining no matter how small.

I live in a community surrounded by many homes, so we have lots of neighbors. We are very fortunate that everyone has been so pleasant to live next to, because as we all know, you can’t pick your neighbors when you move into a new house! We have lived here for many years and seen neighbors move in and move out, some have been here as long as we have. We have always been kind and courteous to our neighbors, but typically haven’t gotten too close to anyone, all of our neighbors are pretty much this way, but Covid has changed things. Several of our neighbors and even our family have gone through big things this year and out of nowhere we have all been there for each other. It has been really great to have that neighborly support and to keep paying it forward. It is so nice how people randomly do acts of kindness. I feel times like this really draw people closer.

Keep paying the good deeds forward, help out your family, friends, neighbors, a total stranger. Unity is how we will get through the tough times. Thank you for stopping by and I wish you all a beautiful day and weekend!