Moving away from those that we connect with and care for makes my heart ache. I miss our family and friends terribly. That sense of community we had up North is gone but we are meeting some wonderful people in our new town.
I have been reflecting a lot about community lately. What is community? Good old Merriam-Webster defines community as “a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society”. This definition is quite dry so I looked to the origin of the word community and found the Latin communitas. I studied Latin in university (for fun) so I have a fondness for the language. Communitas can mean kinship, fellowship and partnership. This is the type of community I am searching for.
How do you go about finding community? People are becoming more socially isolated from each other. We might have hundreds of Facebook friends or Pinterest followers but we still feel lonely and isolated. As a mother that stays home I feel this truth keenly. Why is this happening? Are people working too much, commuting too far, or watching too much TV? Probably. I’m sure there are plenty of reasons.
I am noticing that I have to be very purposeful about building community. I’ve had to go out of my comfort zone many times in the last few month but it has been worth every awkward moment. I’ve met some lovely individuals at church, the library, farmers’ market, U-pick farms, Strongstart, community events, in our neighbourhood and through Meetup! I try to encourage our new friends to drop by any time and to feel comfortable in our home. I think that kindness, openness and honesty are important attributes to building community.
And I don’t think I could publish this post without a nod to the community of the blogging world. Yes, I might not be able to enjoy a cup of tea with many of you but I have met some great people through blogging who inspire and encourage me.