“Community is the most important aspect of one’s life” – Linda Witte
How did I get to this idea of writing about community…well, I sat down to write a post about my amazing trip to Fort Myers, (which by the way was amazing) but my heart just wasn’t in it at all? I kept focusing on our little **community of travelers and the little tidbits of arguments and things that went wrong during the trip. I just couldn’t focus on the amazing parts of the trip. I began dwelling on the idea that I may have ruined the entire trip for everyone by saying this or doing that and I obsessing.
**What is your definition of a community?
As the human mind will do, my mind wandered to the fact that In less than a month, I turn the big “60”! Turning sixty is such a hard concept for me to grasp. I reflect on the fact that if I live another twenty years, I will be lucky. In twenty years, I will be eighty years old…and I then I started to realize…sixty years have already passed and I may only have a few more left to live. I thought…who has made the most impact on my life and have I made an impact on anyone else’s life?
Wandering a bit more, my mind started thinking of my family and friends and how this community of mine has grown and changed over the past sixty years. I realized how my community of family and friends are so very, very important to me mentally and physically. I came to the conclusion that when my community is at its strongest I am the most content and when my community is at its weakest I am the most depressed. Then my mind went back to the trip and I realized I was obsessing because I was afraid of losing these people that I love and need in my community.
We all need to be part of a community to feel needed and loved.
The fact is, that in my life, I have not always been the best wife, mother, mother-in-law, daughter, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, niece, or friend. Many times I have been selfish and I couldn’t always see the beauty in these relationships. I have made mistakes and I have asked for forgiveness and found that true forgiveness is in forgiving yourself.
Mistakes happen, own up to them and move on to build a stronger community.
Yet, as I get older, I am becoming more and more aware and more and more grateful for the beauty in each and every one of my relationships. Whether the relationship was long-term or short-term, good or bad, whether it was family or a friend, or a mere acquaintance, Each and every relationship I have had has been important to me. It is through each of these relationships, I have become who I am today.
Community is built stronger through gratitude.
As I turn the big, “60”, I am letting go of all my grievances and forgiving myself and those that have wronged me in the past. I am asking for forgiveness for all my mistakes and if I have wronged you in any way and I hope I can be forgiven. In life we all make mistakes…it is how we learn, grow, and change. Forgiveness is the medicine that heals our hearts and makes us stronger.
I am grateful for all of my family and friends. Today, I vow to create a stronger community of relationships by calling, texting, and reaching out just to say, hi, or I love you, or I miss you. I want to laugh with you in the best of times and stick by you in the worst of times. I want to become your best vision of me…I am not perfect, you are not perfect, but we can grow into a strong community through love and acceptance.
Who are the most important people in your community?
How do you let them know their importance to you?
This post may contain Amazon and other affiliate links and I earn money from qualifying purchases. For further information see our Disclosure Policy.