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Feb 29, 2024 | Daily Trek, Trusted Relationships

Creating A Thriving Community - Radical Trekking - Ayelet Baron

Creating a thriving community starts with genuine connections and care rather than an idealized vision of what a community should be.

Conscious collaboration involves a high level of awareness and intentionality in creating something meaningful together. There is respect of the unique strengths, values, and perspectives. It involves being present in the moment, actively listening, and seeking to understand what’s possible.

In the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “The people who love their dream of community will destroy community. But the people who love those around them will create community.”

The opportunity is one of nurturing real authentic relationships rather than adhering to abstract ideals. A thriving community is one where we feel valued and understood. And it also lays the foundation for a solid and supportive community fabric that is timeless.

Aldous Huxley’s body of work, particularly Brave New World, offers a complementary perspective. He warns of prioritizing a uniform vision of society over the wellbeing of individuals. Huxley cautions against the loss of personal connections in the pursuit of an imposed ideal. Underscoring the importance of authenticity in forming relationships and communities.

Engaging with empathy and interest is key to a healthy community. We listen, understand, and support each other. This creates spaces for sharing and experimenting. Valuing each contribution and recognizing our shared humanity form the foundation.

It’s about real connections, not predefined standards. It urges us to focus on the people around us, not just our community ideals. By doing so, we not only enrich our own lives but also play a significant role in fostering a vibrant, thriving community.

However, we seem to know how to do this best, unfortunately, during times of crisis and conflict. Some of the most thriving timeless communities exist around diseases, war, loss and natural disasters. Shared struggles and the desire for healing are powerful unifying forces, leading to the creation of communities that are not only resilient but also deeply committed to human connection.

Maybe this helps us question what else is possible in non-crisis situations where unity can prevail over division. Our love for messy, authentic connection can ultimately shape the strength and character of a community.

The path to a thriving community begins with a shift: from loving the community idea to loving people who are questioning everything. This is based on empathy and understanding. Our interactions become meaningful relationships rather than a series of transactions like merely hosting events and gathering. Dialogue forms the foundation of a healthy, open community that is boundless and timeless.

No healthy community can exist without awareness. There is a saying that goes like this, a small action creates a ripple, which becomes a wave of change. Never underestimate the power of a single ripple.

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