How are your New Year’s resolutions going? Mine, not even started. Well, not really.
I have all the usual ones, pay better attention to my health, my family, keep a cleaner house. But this year my real resolution comes from what I have learned over the past few years, and am finally ready to put into practice. The realization that we all need each other.
I have always been an independent thinker, and in my professional and personal lives, it has always been my way or the highway, so to speak.
Over the past few years I have had the chance to slow down and really look at my life. My community. Where was my community? By community, I mean family and friends I can really count on, who share common interests, who I love and love me unconditionally. Where do I fit in? I know that sounds like a lot to ask. But it is what I need, it is what my family needs. I cannot be the only person craving this kind of closeness. How can I (independent do it yourselfer here!) help create the community I am looking for?
So after a year or so of trying to just make it happen, I have finally come to the realization that I can’t do it alone. We can’t do it alone. We are all in this together.
Life is what you make it, and that goes for the people you choose to surround you that make up your community. With Creatively Caring, I feel that sense. I feel like everyone involved is as excited and invested as I am. We are a small budding community with a common goal. We want to do the best we can for our kids and families, and create community for them through the example of service. I can feel the momentum building, and I love it!
I am also excited about a recent addition to our community, Kathleen and Nibbles Play Cafe. They have recently not only donated space for our projects, but become true partners in our mission. Kathleen and her staff have been enthusiastic from the start, and I warmly welcome their support and friendship. And how can you resist a place with friendly faces like this:
So regardless of your resolution, I hope you will join me in not a resolution, but a simple concept. We are all in this together. Let it guide your decisions. For me, I am hoping that by remembering this, I will have more empathy, give of myself a little more, and share the joy and sorrows that we all in life have, but too often keep to ourselves. That the community I seek will come, not because I force it, but because it is the natural evolution of this idea. We are all in this together.
~with love and respect, Jen