Community Is So Much More Than You Think

For a lot of people, community is a big deal. It’s not just a group of people that happen to live or work in the same place; it’s a group of people that we lean on when times are hard. It’s people we get to know on a personal level, beyond taking in their parcels and helping in a crisis. They’re a support system, and if you are lucky enough to live somewhere with a tight-knit community who has your back, you’re in a position of great wealth. As a group, humans are generally selfish; we think about ourselves first before others and sometimes that’s okay. But when there are times of trouble, we need support and we need to be there for others and support them too. Being a part of a community can sometimes go beyond the standard wave hello on the way to work. It’s coming together as a whole and making the local area safe. It’s coming together and enjoying festivities and holidays and having the children get to know each other.

Make the effort to achieve the spirit you crave

Looking to make your neighborhood feel more like a community? Read on. Pexels photo (CC0).

When you want to achieve more of a community feel in your neighborhood, you have to take the time to make an effort. People like to keep to themselves – you may even have been one of them in the past – but creating a sense of community will take some effort on your part if you want to achieve the spirit that you so crave. When you move into a new area, the first thing you look at is the neighborhood and whether it suits your lifestyle. You’d hardly move with young children to a place where there are no other young children, would you? If there isn’t an existing community in the neighborhood for you to dive into, it may be time for you to put yourself out there and create that community yourself. So, what does a neighborhood need for there to be a feeling of inclusiveness and a spirit of generosity?

Pride. There is no harm in having pride in the appearance of the outside of your home. if the neighborhood is working together to keep the area looking tidy and presentable, you can all benefit from it. Participating together as a group to look after communal gardens and public spaces by taking turns to mow grass, cut down overgrown bushes and generally sweep the pavements outside means you are all working as a team to keep your neighborhood looking good. This kind of pride is the good kind, and you all benefit.

Keep the streets safer for kids

Coming together for a safer local area. Photo by Kenneth Allen, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Geograph.

Support. Living in an area that has small businesses owned by local families can often give a neighborhood a way to support each other. Buying from smaller, local businesses is typically better than going for the big names out there, and you’ll find that organizing fundraisers is easier when you want to support another local family. See how you can raise money quickly here: http://www.the-fund-raiser.com/how-to-raise-money-fast/. By offering help to raise funds for another local business, you are putting yourself out there as someone who is generous and genuinely interested in a community feel.

Outdoor Lifestyle. One of the biggest worries for a parent is not being able to let their children out to play, just in case they aren’t looked after. The world is a vulnerable place, and if you live in an area that has many children, the phrase ‘it takes a village’ has never been truer. It’s much easier to allow children to play outside and enjoy their childhood when you know that there’s a village watching them do it. You also get the opportunity to set up fun family days as a community and can feel safe knowing that you all look out for each other.

When local residents feel safe

Crafting a sense of community and belonging. Photo by SU5749, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Geograph.

Being in a position where you get to be a part of a community instead of just someone who lives in a street is something to treasure. Not many people get the chance to look around and know everyone that lives nearby them, and it’s a sad fact that not a lot of people particularly want to, either. However, taking the chance to be a part of something bigger than yourself means that there’s going to be more to life than just ignoring the neighbors who live either side of you. Community can be so much for your family; you just have to give it a chance to develop.

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18 thoughts on “Community Is So Much More Than You Think

  1. I can only agree with you, Christy 🙂
    I had such a community, where I lived in Denmark, before I moved to Spain. That is one of the things, as I have been missing very much here. People live very isolated in each their houses and maybe they some day will greet you or maybe not. I’m stranger here, so I have to accept the way it is here. I don’t wish contact with people, who only wish themselves and their families as contacts.

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  3. Hi Christy…

    Great article and I certainly have the community spirit active and alive on the Cul-de-sac where I live. A few times a year we set up in the green space in the center with tables and barbecues. When there is a need we all gather and pitch in to help…. great to see and be a part of…

    Hugs and all from Snowy Alberta

  4. Your environment feeds into who you are. It can’t define you but it will try. I have enjoyed a great environment most of my life and it only helped me to excel. Thanks for the great post. flightministries.com

  5. I totally agree. Even though I’m not fond of the city I currently live in (Saint John, New Brunswick) there is a good sense of community here and in my apartment building. We all know each other and have each other’s phone numbers in case of emergency. Makes you feel a little more secure when you’re part of a community.

  6. Great post, Christy. Your article very much reminds me of the neighborhood where I grew up. It wasn’t uncommon for traffic to have to go slow to accommodate a pickup game of softball or kickball played right in the street, and all the parents would watch out for each other’s kids. I think it’s really rare to find that level of camaraderie anymore.

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