Monday, September 27, 2010

Community - Defined

As we begin our new 12 week series of topics this week we touch once again on community, which is defined as a "unified body of individuals".  This can range from a family, to a neighborhood, club, church, team or other group that is somehow unified.

Communities are the core of society that everyone is in some way dependent on and without which it's difficult if not impossible to accomplish much in life.  The degree to which individuals have supportive people in their life relates directly to not only their success in a worldly sense but to their personal health, happiness, and overall quality of life. 

To build and sustain supportive communities in one's life requires effort, significant effort.  The foundation of which is a willingness to, no matter what, put others first.  Without this desire to first do what's best for others one's community building efforts will fail.  This may seem paradoxical to many in a society that places such a high value on independence.  However, as everyone well knows, things are not always as they seem.  In stepping beyond this mindset of independence, one may very well have to swallow their pride and step outside their comfort zone in order to realize, it's not about them.  When one does that, not only does life take on new meaning but one begins to find meaning where previously there seemed to be none.  They begin to move away from the endless chain of unfulfilling self-centered activities and toward other-centered activities that provide the potential for infinite reward and satisfaction.  In so doing one begins to more fully use their gifts and talents to touch people's lives and better a world that so desperately needs each and every one of their unique abilities.  Every person is needed and wanted by someone, somewhere, each life has meaning and there is a purpose for their being here now. They must discover it, but they cannot do so alone!

This is the ultimate purpose of Lifting Up Lives....building healthy communities .  Come join us!

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