Community is an important and often overlooked necessity when it comes to the growth and survival of our species. A sense of community can be difficult to find in today’s society. People are more distracted, accustomed to convenience, and can have increasing levels of anxiety when in social situations. More than ever, the world is in desperate need of tight-knit communities and a sense of togetherness. With that said, let’s look at the benefits of forming tight communities and ways to enhance doing so.
A sense of community can benefit all of those who are a part of it. One of the ways you and those around you can enjoy your community is by coming together in times of need. The old saying “it takes a village” rings true. When you and your family are struggling, or need assistance of any kind, it does take a village. Getting to know those within your community, creating a bond, and becoming a meaningful addition to the lives of those in the community, can save you when you’re down and need a helping hand.
Another way you can benefit as a community is by creating a healthier, happier, all-around better environment for everyone who is a part of it. Communicating the needs of one another, coming together to build better recreational and outdoor areas, volunteering, getting involved in PTA groups in your child’s school, and tending to places throughout the community to ensure they’re well taken care of. All of these things allow the community to be productive members of their society while reaping the benefits.
Raffles, contests, and events are a fun way to raise money for the projects and upkeep required to keep a productive community running. Putting together a group of people to form a committee can help turn ideas into reality and give the people around you an outlet to focus their energy on the wonderful things they can do for their community.
As lovely as it is to come together as a whole, not everyone is willing and some people would rather focus on their own life and home. Or perhaps they suffer from anxiety, or shyness that prevents them from getting involved with community events. That’s okay and there’s nothing wrong with choosing your own path. It is helpful to extend gentle invitations to those people to let them know they’re welcome to join if and when they want to. Being sensitive to the needs of everyone in the community is important and takes hard work, but the pros typically outweigh the cons.
In the end, a sense of community can change your life for the better and the lives of those around you. Nobody wants to feel alone in the world or like nobody has their back. Some people are tough to love and it can be a daunting task at times, but it’s all worth it in the end once you see the change that comes with coming together and working as a community to make your world a better place.
Cesar Chavez said that “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community…Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” When one person is left behind in a community, the community at large is left behind.
People from all walks of life will be involved with a community, no matter what their personality type is. Everyone brings their own uniqueness to the table, and those from opposite ends of the personality spectrum will lean on one another to accomplish community goals. “What should young people do with their lives today?” author Kurt Vonnegut once asked. “Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”