5 Ways to Come Together and Build Community

I have been back at work for almost three months now! Being back at work is not the easiest thing right now! Emotions and tensions are running at an all-time high. People are doing as they see fit to cope with this new way of life. A way of life where morals and manners have all left the building, where is the tact and etiquette. Do people even still care about people? As much I hate to say it, I am seeing a whole lot of individualism right now. Nobody is thinking about the collective. This idea can be seen in every aspect of life right now. You can see it in people’s response to Covid-19 and you can see it in people’s response to Black Lives Matter.

For example, people do not want to wear a mask because it’s their right not to wear one and because it lowers their Oxygen stats! Well it’s been proven that it does not lower oxygen levels. People come up with more and more excuses as to why they are the only one that matters. Just wear the mask it is uncomfortable I know, but it is for the greater good.

Another example is Black Lives Matter. I am not going into the details about the group, but the fact that so many people have an issue with this statement is beyond me.  Do I not matter to you! Is that what you’re saying because that is what it seems like?  We need to get away from thinking all about me and start to think all about us because that is what will save as the human race. We cannot and will not survive divided. The nation will fall; it is only matter of when. We must come together and realize the bigger picture.  Ways we can come together are listed below!

1. Conversations

We must sit down and have the hard conversations about race and equality. We have to try and understand what others’ lives are like and show the empathy and sympathy. These conversations may push some to the brink of insanity, but we must have them. We have to create a safe place where everyone’s voice can be heard and respected. Once this happens and people can share without judgement, but just listening ears and understanding we can move towards the collective. We also have to understand when to just let it go with some people because there will be people that don’t get it and refuse to get it. Guess what that is okay! Just go on about your business.

2. Support Each Other

Here’s the important part lol, stand up for someone other than you. If you see someone in need of help say something do something. At this point silence is the enemy. No one can be silent anymore especially when injustices are happening all over the world. It can be any situation, just stand up. Another way to support each other patronize local businesses, black businesses, homegrown businesses, businesses ran by women, etc. There are plenty of ways to support each other. You can share, like, comment, and/or subscribe to various businesses online those are free options to support each other.

3. Learn Something New About Someone

This one is a fairly easy one, learn something new about someone. Preferably someone you aren’t that close to or someone that is different from what you already know. Learning new things about people gives you the reason why. Why they do certain things or say certain things. This will give you insight into who they are as a person. Then we can express a little more empathy and understanding for that person and their choices.

4. Respect Other’s Opinion 

This is one of the hardest things to do. We all don’t have to agree with everything that someone says, but we should not hate for them for their opinion. No matter if you think they are wrong or that their opinion is stupid. No hate should be involved. It was like that dress that was floating around on social media. Some people saw one color and others saw another color. At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter. We still need to learn to be cordial to each other in times of disagreements!

5. Understand Differences 

Lastly, we all need to know that basically we are all the same. We are human, but within that sameness, we are vastly different. We have different socioeconomic statues, we have different upbringings, and some of us live in rural areas and others in suburban areas. There are many factors that make us different skin color, hair color, eye color, etc. Those differences should be celebrated and highlighted, but they also should bring us closer. Once we begin to understand and celebrate our differences, then and only then can we come together. Even though we are all the same, we are all unique in our own ways. These differences should be looked upon from a place of joy and not hate. Think of it as rainbow. You can’t have a rainbow with one color. What makes the rainbow great is that all the colors come together to make something awe-inspiring.

So if we could all just come together we could be awe-inspiring! We could be great! What’s one way that you are trying to build community in your life!

Love,

Shanna C.

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