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Community togetherness has meant different things at different times. In my early twenties I was into a large church community. I had a blast and cherish that experience. I learned the lesson of trying to recreate those moments. I returned to that church community and it is completely different or a more reasonable explanation is that I’m different. A work community with colleagues. Again an experience and time that I’ll treasure and have life-long friends from. An on-line community that I didn’t even realize was possible but consumed my life and gained me close friends. Then within all of those larger communities are the smaller ones of my family and friends. One persons communities are like a complex Venn Diagram.
Communities are fragile things. A juggling act. One snarky comment, meant in jest or not. An attitude of this community revolves around and serves only me. A simple difference of conviction. All those common human emotions and traits that can cause factions within the community. Split it apart only to see new communities grow in it’s place.
Communities are fluid and changing. That I have learned to accept. Now the smaller ones mean the most to me and they require the most attention and care. To live in a community means you are prepared to put your heart and soul into making it work for as long as that’s possible.