Reverb10: Community

December 7th, 2010

December 7 – Community

Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011?

(Author: Cali Harris)

Without a doubt, 2010 was the Year of the Girlfriends. The women in my life rock my world. I’ll have some more of that, please.

Patrick and I have also made some new couple friends in recent months, and I’m enjoying the energy of that dynamic a lot. He’s a homebody, and I’m a butterfly, so it’s a little too easy for us to go for long spells without socializing together. I forget what a pleasure it is to sit at a table with him, admiring his humor and charm through someone else’s eyes. I’d like to see that trend continue through 2011.

The challenge for me, with so many shiny and new people constantly coming into my life, is to not let my existing relationships suffer. Over the past couple of years, I’ve had to get very clear and intentional about what I want to give and get in friendship, which helps, because I don’t cultivate relationships that seem like they’re going to demand more of my time and attention than I’m able to give. The result is a community of friends who also enjoy deep, but diverse connections, and don’t mind sharing.

What about you? Are you a butterfly, a cocoon dweller, or something in between?

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