/kəˈmyunɪti/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [kuh-myoo-ni-tee]
–noun, plural -ties.
|1.||a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage.|
|2.||a locality inhabited by such a group.|
|3.||a social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists (usually prec. by the): the business community; the community of scholars.|
|4.||a group of associated nations sharing common interests or a common heritage: the community of Western Europe.|
|5.||Ecclesiastical. a group of men or women leading a common life according to a rule.|
|6.||Ecology. an assemblage of interacting populations occupying a given area.|
|7.||joint possession, enjoyment, liability, etc.: community of property.|
|8.||similar character; agreement; identity: community of interests.|
|9.||the community, the public; society: the needs of the community.|
I had the opportunity today to both do a good deed for a neighbor and have a neighbor do a good deed for me. Warm fuzzies aside. . .it made me think about the sense of community I feel here, which then led me to think about the various communities I belong to and my part in each of them.
I belong to my neighborhood community, my kids' school communities, my online community of bloggers, my Twitter community, the community of the BRC where I volunteer, my college comunity. . . I could probably go on for a few more if I put my mind to it.
The point of all this - is the sense of belonging being in a community gives to me. I feel a part of something "bigger" than I am just alone. Communities are like extended family - a group of people that we share some common bond with. These communities are an integral part of my life - part of what makes me me.
How about you? What communities are you a part of and how does it make you feel?
catch you soon -