For me, the Orlando trip cemented the need for community in my life.
- a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage.
- a locality inhabited by such a group
- a social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists (usually preceded by the ): the business community; the community of scholars.
1. For sure, Orlando was a social group! I saw plenty of socializing going on, people coming and going and striking up new friendships. I’m an introvert so I was even tired of talking by the time I got home. You could start up a conversation with a complete stranger, tell her details of your life that even your family doesn’t know and feel no judgment or condemnation.
2. I think we can say we completely inhabited our homes in Orlando! The great thing was the way this community of women pulled together to cook and travel and run/walk and live together for 3 days. As a house mom, I didn’t have to tell one person to pick up their stuff, put away their dishes or help cook. It just got done because we were all working as one entity towards one purpose: RELAXATION AND ENJOYMENT!
3. Our common characteristic or interest: challenging kids who need phenomenal women in their lives, as mothers, grandmothers, aunts, foster family, mentors. I read many of the blogs of the Orlando women and know that these women are fighting for their children when often the children are fighting against them. Day after day. Moment after moment. Not giving up. Doing the hard stuff which sometimes means letting go. Broken hearts and often broken bodies.
We need this online community of fellow warrior women because most of us have no one else who really understands or can even possibly try to comprehend what raising wounded children does to your soul. How can you encourage these women? Comment on their blogs (mine first, because I’m very needy right now 🙂 Refer them to other families who are struggling. Check out Christine’s map and connect with someone near you. Drive to them if you have to. Ask someone for help (I know. I know. That’s extremely difficult for most of us).
We all need to hold onto hope. Because if we don’t what else is there? You can be that hope for someone else. Just do it.