What is a community?
Community is a group of people who have some form of relationship with each other or share a commonality of some description or another. Communities are as infinitely varied as the people who are part of them.
Communities can be very informal or strictly formal associations.
Communities exist for as many reasons as there are people on earth. They can be skill based, task orientated, faith/religion/church based, non-faith, political, secular, work related, geographic, ethnic, gender, sexuality, or age based, anything at all.
There should never be an assumption of a unified reason that a community exists, as you can never know the true intentions of all the participants.
The best you can hope for is that everyone, or at least most, will have enough shared intent to work together for a stated outcome.
It is always good to be reminded that where there are people, there will always be politics and there will always be at least one person who will assume, or usurp, control or power.
People do good for many reasons, some reasons are selfless and some selfish, for many it is a combination at one level or another. None of us have 100% pure motives for everything we do.
Why assume community organisations do?
Never blindly follow a “leader”, always be willing to question and act on the answers you get. I have said before, “People who blindly follow a leader, political ideology, belief or value system without questioning, are fooling themselves with a false sense of security.” (Think – your country needs it)
Do not let this stop you from getting involved in your community, the only assurance is that change can only happen if people are willing to get involved, what ever the reason.
All you can do is work on your own motives for getting involved in community.
Paul S Allen
I promise you this
Nothing is certain in this life except for death and taxes, according to the saying anyway.
There is one thing, however, I can guarantee without question or doubt. It is a certainty beyond all others and a promise I will keep even though I do not want to.
It isn’t riches, power, fame, comfort or security, it isn’t health, safety, salvation or peace.
It is a promise that will annoy and disappoint you, it will be frustrating for others and myself.
It will be something I can learn from and grow through but still it will happen again-and-again.
All I ask is that you will encourage me as I keep this promise, even though I will try to break it, and when I keep the promise, I hope you will understand that I am only human, nothing more and nothing less.
So forgive me…
My promise is simply this…
… I will make mistakes.
Over the last few weeks I have had my usually busy life curtailed by an injury.
I have had to have my leg elevated and take medication that has left me with a foggy brain.
The world has continued to turn, the social structure of the community has held together and all without me. This is a good thing, other people have had to step up and take control for some things and I have just had to step down from others.
This process has helped me re-evaluate certain priorities in my life and consider how much time I spend on projects. Yes I have watched a lot of TV in this time, but thankfully the London Olympics has been on and I have been inspired by the single focus and dedication of the athletes. These athletes have sacrificed much to attempt to achieve personal bests and Olympic glory.
If I am to achieve success in community development or for particular causes I need to prioritize involvement’s. This will mean I will have to relinquish some commitments. This does not mean I am not concerned with the causes I let go, it means that I am deciding to focus on areas that I can make the biggest difference.
I have always been a busy person, but my body is not keeping up with my mind. Perhaps my badly sprained ankle with torn ligaments and chipped bone has been a blessing and a warning. It has forced me to rest and to slow down. It has made me realise that I am no superman, I cannot be strong all the time and I need to focus more.
Sometimes it is right and proper to re-evaluate life and it priorities. To step down requires a determination to overcome ego and self-importance, to concentrate on what is important not what is urgent.
Sometimes the squeaky wheel needs to remain squeaky, sometimes things need to be done by other people.
By holding on tightly to leadership or other roles you actually hinder the cause you are trying to help and from others that need to take over and lead it to the next level.
So what next? Time to workout where to focus, to develop skills and talents that I can pass onto others.
I am moving up not moving out; I am focusing not getting busier; I am getting values and priorities in order not just being driven by “good” causes.
When was the last time you re-evaluated your priorities? Why not take a few moments and make sure you are on the right road and make some changes if you need to.