The true beauty of life can be found in the value of community. Communities stitch together threads of warmth, creating a cozy haven where every mom finds a place to belong and shares a heartfelt connection. Beyond the solo journey, these communities become like a close-knit family, wrapping us in understanding, support, and a sense of togetherness. In this episode, I want to talk about the need for community in our lives and a place for nurturing our personal growth, resilience, and the genuine joy that comes from being a part of something so personal and meaningful. Join me in celebrating the invaluable role of community as we navigate the intricate patterns of mom life and find comfort in the personal connections that make it all worthwhile.
My grandmother, a skilled seamstress and quilt-maker, used to transform scraps of fabric into intricate quilts. As she knitted together the seemingly unrelated pieces, a picture of the art of community came to life – how every person, much like those fabric scraps, contributes a unique element to create a beautiful and purposeful whole. In her hands, each piece found belonging, and in the same way, our diverse lives, when brought together, create a rich and meaningful bond that brings immeasurable value to the collective story of community. The story of a life lived in seasons.
Is Community for Introverts or Extroverts?
Both! That’s the real beauty of being part of a community. It’s a beautiful mix of introverts and extroverts. Honestly, both benefit from being part of a community.
- A community can fill a need to be connected to others with similar interests regardless of personality type.
- A community helps us develop better social skills.
- A community allows introverts a place to feel like they fit in and where extroverts can be heard.
Finding Your Community
Communities become our cherished gardens, offering warmth and support. From tightly-knit local groups or the wide embrace of online connections, these various community types hold the power to make our personal journeys all the more vibrant and meaningful.
- Let go of your expectations of what your community can give you and figure out how you can add value by serving them.
- Don’t wait to be invited by a friend; instead, start something and invite others to join you.
- Accept the imperfections of any community because they won’t fill all your needs or wants. It’s a delicate balance of filling others and being filled.
Where Do I Start?
The types of communities we choose to be part of can shape our story, providing connections we wouldn’t have or experiences we would miss out on, but they do add value to our lives. So consider your interests, available times, and what you need from a community.
Here are a few to get you thinking:
- School- teaching classes, leading co-ops, serving moms, setting up study groups
- Church and faith organizations groups
- Sports – specific teams or individual sports
- Online groups
- Specific interests
As I wrap up the value of community, let it be a gentle reminder that your place in these shared spaces is not just welcomed but essential for a variety of reasons. In the seasons of motherhood, finding your community is like discovering a comforting quilt that wraps you in understanding, support, and shared laughter. Embrace the power of connections, for within these communities, you’ll not only find solace but also the strength to thrive. So, be intentional to seek out your tribe, knit your stories together, and revel in the beauty of a community that celebrates the unique tapestry of motherhood – yours included. You belong, and your presence is a vital thread in the intricate design of collective joy and support.
Like my grandmother’s quilt reveals a story of each piece of fabric so does your involvement in community.
I’m so grateful you are part of the Equipped To Be community. ~Connie
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