I snagged this article from Tiny Buddha. It list Reasons We Need Each Other. I think this is powerful because when you REALLLLY think about it and are open, you can experience that we are all one. We all are going through the same shit. Yes we might have different experiences but under all those stories all of our lives are living the same themes. We all want to feel love. We all want to feel good enough. That is what it comes down to. Could you imagine if we all could just give the love that we want to receive? THAT my friend is what WORLD PEACE would feel like.
I mean it just seems so simple and it’s in all of us but for some reason we prefer to continue to hold on these stories that most of us made up when we were toddlers. We make up some story about ourselves and our importance and then we add on and create our entire lives on this story and then because of the way we feel about ourselves we then will act in a way (of course most of the time subconsciously) that will cause our children to make up a story and the cycle continues.
One of the greatest experiences is the one of being able to feel connected to another person. However big or small the occurrence, that feeling of “Oh, they are just like me” tends to give us this warm feeling inside. A feeling of comfort. This is how come in most seminars, retreats, etc the most important part is the sharing by others. It is important because when someone else is sharing their story its seems SO easy as an outsider to see what is going on with them and we have the advice we would give them. This is because we can see a piece of ourselves in them and through contemplating their story we can then begin to contemplate and dissect our own.
NOW…. now that we’ve realized that we are all the same, here are some reasons we need each other:
The Power of Community
Here are 6 powerful reasons not to go it alone: (as written by Jen Waak via Tiny Buddha)
1. Collective wisdom. No one person ever has all of the answers, and regardless of the amount of Google-fu you may have, consulting with experts is always going to give you better information.
2. Pushing our limits. When working alone, it’s oftentimes too easy to give up when things get hard. By surrounding yourself with others working toward a similar goal or objective, you’ll get motivation, support, and friendly competition to push yourself just a bit further than you would have done on your own.
3. Support and belief. Some days those big goals just seem impossible. On those days when you most want to give up, you need to lean on your community the most. They believe in you—probably more than you belief in yourself.
4. New ideas. I truly believe that when you are working within a community of like-minded people that the wisdom of crowds is considerably greater than any one person working alone. Our divergent world views and lenses mean that we all approach the exact same problem slightly differently.
5. Borrowed motivation. Even on those days when your belief in yourself isn’t waning, doing what needs to get done can seem overwhelming. Look around your community and be inspired!
6. Accountability. If you’re an uber-responsible person, you may not want to admit to people you care about who are pulling for you that something didn’t get done. There’s nothing like having to be accountable to others to up your game.
These are powerful steps because the community we choose to interact with has a HUGE effect on how we can progress as a person. Sometimes we have to take a step back and reconsider those that are a part of our tribe. We have no room for those that aren’t there to help make us a better person. Life is about change and progression and sometimes we can move at a little faster speed than others. And you know what, it’s ok!!! Surround yourself with those that will be there for you and build you up, esp when you are down, and move forward from those that want to keep you down. Can you still love them? of course!!! but let them move at their own pace. Most likely when they see how awesome you are doing they will want to follow in your steps.
Who make up your community?