When people think of Valentine’s Day, they always think of couples and hearts and flowers. But love is more than just the platonic. Love is also what you share with the people around you, whether it be family or friends. I’ve talked about enjoying your single season because that’s important to do. But it’s also very important to nurture relationships with the people we surround ourselves with. So why do we need community? Here are some reasons.
One of the best things of community is the support. Whenever you need an outside perspective, a good community will tell you the truth and their view on it. For me that’s the most important thing. When you genuinely find people who care, they will tell you the truth. But also having this support is extra important because it’s never good to do situations by yourself. Bottling things up is not good for you and having people to talk to is necessary. They’ll comfort you in the tough times and cheer you on in the good ones.
I was noticing that I have a pretty diverse group of friends. Some love nature, some love music, others are killing it at the professional game. I’m grateful for this because it pushes me out of my comfort zone and shows me new things. It’s fun to learn about things I would’ve never thought about on my own and I feel like it keeps things so interesting because there’s never a dull conversation or a dull hang out.
It’s Not About Numbers
Something to remember is that a community doesn’t have to be big. I feel like it’s so easy to think that communities need to be big. For me, I have my family and a few good friends and that’s all I need. Quality over quantity definitely comes into play because it’s better to have a genuine friend than a bunch that you don’t really confide in.
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. | Proverbs 27:17
How do you do community? Why do you think it’s important?