I kept thinking last night after I published my post on what I want to revolutionize, and it hit me–I’m not finished yet. So here I am back again tonight–I hope some of you who read yesterday are still here with me.
I deeply want to revolutionize how we do community in today’s world. I grew up in a small town where half the town seemed to be related to me on one side or the other. The other half seemed to know all my business. Yes, this is a bit of an exaggeration; but not much of one. Am I proposing that our model for community be a small town from 35 years ago? Well, no. I probably don’t need to explain how claustrophobic that can be.
I am proposing something that’s a little bit old and a little bit new. I know that the kind of community I’m talking about does exist, because I’ve seen it up close. It is a beautiful thing. How many of you, if any, have been to Asheville, North Carolina? I grew up within a three-hour drive, but had never actually been there until last year. My partner and I were living in Canada, and we had come to South Carolina to visit my mother. An old friend I hadn’t seen in years messaged me on Facebook and invited us to visit her. Remembering how much I loved the mountains and knowing how much I wanted to see my friend, we agreed. We fell in love with one of the most beautiful and welcoming places on the face of the planet.
Let me tell you why this community has such a hold on my heart. If you walk down the streets, people smile at you. If you stop to talk to them, they respond easily and openly. Street performers share their talents with passersby, and people actually stop to listen. The shops are examples of creative people finding ways to make a living with their passions. People CARE about others in need and take action to make the world a better place. It’s probably what God intended us to use our free will to create, at least that’s what I believe.
I believe that this kind of model can be translated to an online community as well to expand our reach to change the world and connection so that no one has to be alone. It takes a tribe to change the world. Find your tribe. I hope some of you choose this one.