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Friday, August 27, 2010

On and off topic, all part of the process!

COMMUNITY - Sharing, participation, and fellowship. [Community week starts here. Click for this week's Bliss Initiatives.]

“...A community needs a soul if it is to become a true home for human beings. You, the people must git it this soul.”
 Pope John Paul II (1920-2005)

Greetings! It is so amusing how the moment one makes a declaration, in my case "I'm going back to posting EVERY day" that a bunch of stuff shows up to get in the way. Today I have a jam packed day with our play group coming over to our house today. What this means is I'll be making lunch for all the mommies and kids and we will be hanging out together. A real COMMUNITY event, yet all day event. Tomorrow I will be getting  up early to head over to my daughter's pre-school for the parent participation set-up day and next week I will be at my mom's , no internet access house all of which is making it very difficult to post everyday as planned!

Well. at the very least I will write a post everyday. Next week particularly, I'm not sure I'll get one posted everyday but I'll catch up and get back on track once I'm back home. Some of you are probably wondering why I would even bother putting all that pressure on my self for this  little hobby and it is because I love it. It makes me feel productive. I feel like I am building something, and even though I don't know exactly what, giving myself the goal makes the experience much more rewarding.

At the BloggyBootCamp this past weekend it was stressed repeatedly that if you weren't having fun that you should stop. Seriously, there is nothing that says we have to do this everyday or ANY day. I am clear about this. I still love it and want to continue.

Yesterday I lamented that my blog isn't the next Zen Habits, and a post like today's is absolute proof because I could never imagine Leo giving you this much of a play by play regarding his personal thoughts. Of course my overall goal is that I write something useful that makes a difference for you personally and I hope that sharing my progress with my community does ultimately make that difference. My entire project is an experiment and while I may get more refined as time goes on  I hope that part of the fun is the process.

With all this being said it is time to get back to the topic at hand!  Here are a few quotes on community to get us/me back on topic! (Quotes discovered at Be A Hero.)

In our hectic, fast-paced, consumer-driven society, it's common to feel overwhelmed, isolated and alone. Many are re-discovering the healing and empowering role that community can bring to our lives. The sense of belonging we feel when we make the time to take an active role in our communities can give us a deeper sense of meaning and purpose.
-- Robert Alan

While the spirit of neighborliness was important on the frontier because neighbors were so few, it is even more important now because our neighbors are so many.
-- Lady Bird Johnson

We don't accomplish anything in this world alone ... and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something.
-- Sandra Day O'Connor

If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.
-- Mitsugi Saotome

"I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can."
-- George Bernard Shaw

Community requires interacting with the people around you. I've already told you I'm spending time with my mommy group. Who are you spending time with today?

Next Post - Community in an Electronic World

My 13 bliss virtues are 
joy, order, creativity, passion, whimsy, serenity, inquiry, community, 
romance, gratitude, moxie, humility, and surprise.

This week we are exploring  Community. 
Next week is all about Romance.

1 comment:

  1. I spent time with my doctor today (nothing serious) - only to find out she's leaving the practice in three months. LOL I also spent time with some twitter friends today. I think it counts! :) Theresa


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  • 1. TEMPERANCE - Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  • 2. SILENCE - Speak not what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  • 3. ORDER - Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  • 4. RESOLUTION - Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  • 5. FRUGALITY - Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. waste nothing.
  • 6. INDUSTRY - Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  • 7. SINCERITY - Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and if you speak, speak accordingly.
  • 8. JUSTICE - Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  • 9. MODERATION - Avoid extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  • 10. CLEANLINESS - Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths or habitation.
  • 11. TRANQUILITY - Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  • 12. CHASTITY - Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or to the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
  • 13. HUMILITY - Imitate Jesus and Socrates.


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