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Communal Involvement

 

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Each person is capable of affecting the community in which he or she lives; each community is a reflection of accumulated actions; and the sum of the efforts and actions influence the future inhabitants of the community.  All actions made in a positive manner uplift the community…” These words from the “Introduction” in “Pond a Connected Existence” remind us of the importance of communal participation.

Communal involvement is olog-ful. An olog is a new descriptive method for describing relationships mathematically. Communal involvement is relationship possibility realized. Each community effort contains objectives and means to the objectives that beckon people in varying numbers and with varying purposes. The development of and continued need for communal efforts require awareness by community members who are available and willing to act. The connection of one communal effort with another communal effort is achieved through preservation of each individual effort while recognizing the requirements of other communal efforts.

In other words, a community has various needs that are ever-changing and that differ in importance. The elderly need to be cared for, as do the teenagers. The animals require attention and so does the regional government. Trees and plants give shade and beauty, and they require upkeep and protection. The poor must be seen and the recycling must be gathered. Each person in a community can participate in an endless number of community efforts, and the more each person does, the more the community radiates warmth and support.

Affect is the goal for each community member. Caring for self and caring for others. Acknowledging needs and addressing them. Connecting with people, relating to the environment, tending to animals. Developing oneself through the attention to community.

Relationships develop when communal involvement occurs. These relationships sustain and uplift when times are difficult or saddening. When a community has mixing of peoples of all ages and ideas, the community is enriched and the people are support for one another. Searching out ways to better the community sustains its members and leads to more satisfying living.

In societies that exist within large metropolitan areas, the importance of communal involvement grows. Rather than be anonymous in these large settings, people must find connections that nurture the feeling of community and shared experiences.

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Relating to Leaders, Post #3: Leaders and Their Sources of Purpose

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Each leader draws from sources that inspire, direct, or necessitate:

  • Inspirational sources can be causes held dear or leaders held in esteem.
  • Direction converges from many sources, some that encourage inspirational acts and some that press destructive leadership.
  • Necessity creates leaders when need is recognized and heeded.

Many influences prod, stall, pull, and mold leaders. (Influences here refer to parents, spouse, children, siblings, extended family, friends, supporters, and community connections.) The influences have their own direction and pressures. The needs of the various influences determine the force and power of the influences on the leaders.

A leader who is in the leadership position because of influence from negative sources leads from a place of resignation and insecurity. This leader can harm community welfare and trust. This leader’s purpose is tentative and quickly forgotten. If negative forces continue to influence, the leader may lose focus completely or may try to rectify past actions.

A leader who is in place when necessity arises or when no one else will lead, is a leader who has potential. The act of stepping forward forces leadership action that can propel towards effective leadership. If this leader receives self-derived encouragement and encouragement from involved people, the leadership experience can be positive and rewarding for others and for the reluctant leader.

When the experience of being led by an inspiring leader ignites others to become leaders, these subsequent leaders can also become inspirational if they adapt the positive leadership qualities to themselves. When a strongly felt cause leads to leadership as a way to bring change, the leader can be inspirational if he or she can adapt the drive to bring change in one direction to many directions.

The sources of purpose, that is, the influences that inspire, direct, and force leadership, are similar to natural elements that push growth and development. Leadership is a natural aspect of human development.

Curiosity fuels success

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People who are curious succeed in business and in social situations more than people who hold back their curiosity. All of us start out as curious infants, exploring our world as busily as we can. Curiosity is built-in and propels development of our senses and our abilities.

Often, curiosity is halted because of societal restraints, family restraints, and environmental barriers. People who experience too much repression of their natural curiosity add to the repression by quashing their urges to learn and explore. Sometimes, the desire to experience is so strong that curiosity leads the way and the repression can be overcome.

People who grow up in a nourishing environment that allows natural curiosity to flourish are able to develop more freely. This type of environment does not guarantee achievement, but it does offer support.

To enhance curiosity

  • Approach the known with questioning. Do you always do something a certain way? Why is that? Notice your habits and question the ones that don’t make sense.
  • Approach the known with innovation. Notice the choices you make repeatedly. Do you eat the same foods over and over again without evaluating their appeal? Do you tire at the same time every day? Why is that? What can be done about these things?
  • Approach the known with wonder. When the rain starts, don’t rush to take cover. Feel the drops and be connected to them. Look at the trees and other vegetation that you see every day and really notice them.
  • Approach the known with certainty. The things that are familiar are comforting. Let them bring comfort, but then move beyond them. Explore something less familiar while keeping the familiar within reach.

Curiosity is with us from the moment we can experience awareness until the moment that we cannot. The more we let ourselves develop, the more fully we live!

Feeling surrounded by support

Post 13-screen beans supportingWhen a person is with others, but is focused on himself or herself, this person is experiencing aloneness. Aloneness does not require being alone. Aloneness requires an attitude of separateness. Feeling separate from others and even from people who are close. Feeling separate from one’s own requirement for companionship. Feeling that others cannot understand nor be part of one’s thinking processes. Aloneness is very much a natural part of human existence. Nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to be extolled.

In actuality, we are never alone. From the moment we are born, we are accompanied. Accompanied by the ones in our families who came before us. The souls of our deceased relatives join our daily struggles so that we are never without support. We cannot hear them nor contact them, but they are with us and they subtly affect our thinking and our actions. 

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