“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
Confidence Booster Series: Community
This week’s focus is to take a good look at the role we play in the communities around us. Unless we live in absolute seclusion, there will always be ample opportunities for us to reach out and offer our talents, time or a helping hand to the various communities we belong to.
I believe that being part of something bigger than ourselves has a way of creating deeper meaning in our lives. Witnessing firsthand the end result of many people working together for a cause, event or charity is inspiring. The thing about coming together in this way, is that it requires the effort and hearts of everyone doing their part collectively.
I feel fortunate to have recently been a small part of a community event at my son’s school. Together, the school community came together to facilitate a spirit day. This fun day had everyone dressing up in their best superhero ensemble to take part in a lively bike/scooter rally.
As I looked out on the school grounds, there was a sea of ecstatic children draped from head to toe in brightly covered capes and superhero ensembles. This jovial group proudly showed off their bikes and scooters they all worked so hard to decorate with glitter, stickers and streamers.
Organized chaos definitely played in the background as the children were free to let loose, ride around, laugh with each other and just be kids. I was equally moved to see the amazing teachers, principal, parents, grandparents, police officers and other community members there taking part in the pure fun of it all.
Time kind of stood still as I watched everyone happily come together. My smile grew as I watched older kids helping younger kids and everyone being respectful of each other. They all seemed so pleased and grateful for the opportunity to have fun as a large group like this.
This event is a small example of what happens when people come together to create something meaningful. It wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support of many people. A local grocery store even stepped up and donated supplies and their time to put on a hot lunch that became a fundraiser for the school community.
This event made me realize that being a part of something meaningful doesn’t require us to give up all of our time. I think so often there can be fear around committing to helping or signing up for things that we may feel we don’t have the time for. What I am learning is that helping in small ways can make a substantial difference in the lives of others. When many people come together and help even a little, it is truly amazing what can be created.
I believe we are a reflection of our communities and we can play an important and meaningful role in how we want that to look.
This week, look at the communities you belong to. It could be in your workplace, neighborhood, school, or perhaps the global community we are all connected to. Think of ways you may be able to help make these important communities stronger, happier and healthier places for all members. It is amazing how even a small gift of time, attention or resources can make such a huge difference in the lives of many, including the giver.
Believe in Yourself – ❤ Emily
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