Hillary Chybinski: community. . .

Friday, February 05, 2010

community. . .

what does community mean to you?

–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 -


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