1. jodie says:

    I really liked this little observation. So many sensible ideas. I really liked the “each age brings it’s own wisdom” thing. I will try to carry this into my week with me..
    thank you!

  2. u know who says:

    U R sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo embarrassing.

  3. I often feel as if I have no community, but your words help me see that I really do. Tonight I went to a parent meeting for an activity my daughter will be participating in this fall. I knew (and talked to) 5 other parents, most of whom I’ve known for years. We only talk at these kinds of events. We don’t socialize outside of our kids’ mutual activities–and so I don’t think of them as “my community.” Yet, it’s still community, and it’s a kind of village. I talked with one about a testing issue, another about my son, another about strategies for the coming summer. And I felt good when I left. Thanks for helping me focus my lens.

    • Beth says:

      Rita, it’s so true. In the modern age, I think we all have to be creative and intentional about finding and fostering community from wherever we are. I’m so glad you found that you have more than you thought. What I love is that building community can be done in so many simple and enjoyable ways…potlucks, clothing swaps, making food for new moms, neighborhood carpools, food co-ops, even a Sunday afternoon community soccer game. I think once we recognize the importance, the opportunities often present themselves! Thanks for being a part of my global community! 🙂

  4. Jon says:

    Just not to break anyone’s bubble. What about the benefits of solitude. We can gain perspective, closer contact with God, and create from our minds that which is clouded by the incessant clatter of the world. I do believe that you should have community and share these insights with the soul with others.

  5. What a great opportunity for all of you. It seems we’re all so isolated and disconnected in America, even from the people we live with. Kids are sent off for most of their waking hours and separated into same age only groups, parents are mentally exhausted, and everyone stares at a screen to connect with their virtual community rather than the people in the same room. No one is really seeing or appreciating the beauty and wisdom each age has to offer. We all benefit from caring community.
    So, you inspired me- I’m making a point this week to visit community in real life rather than just send a message or talk on the phone. I’m also dreaming about beaches of Mexico with friends and extended family! 🙂

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