This is a reprint of a post I wrote in June 2008, but I feel that the message is especially relevant for me and a lot of others right now. So here it is again.
Sometimes things come to us in such a timely manner, that it restores our faith in the patterns of the universe. After having ignored my GoogleReader for several days (way too many, don’t even ask how long!) I started to wade through through the massive amount of reading I had in front of me. As usual, when I have built it up to that lovely 1000+ (you have to love when it is so many that they will intimidate you with 1000+ and not really tell you how many there are!) that GR intimindatingly shows me I have failed to keep up on, I’m skimming subjects and titles. In my haste to clear, I almost skipped over this particular post, but something drew me back. Not only because it was Gary V, but something about the title resonated with some of my recent musings.
Gary talks about when you know you have a Community (yes capital “C”). Now, I’m not sure that I can ever be as eloquent as Gary, but I’d like to think I share his passion. His focus is on the social media crowd, but I think his message can be expanded to many aspects of our lives. He reminds us all that community = communication! If you are having a dialogue with just one person, you have a Community.
Gary’s words reinforced things that have been occurring to me lately. I’m in the process of making a Major move and Major changes in my life. In preparing to make these changes, I have been evaluating the roles that various people play in my life. When Gary talks about needing to remember that it does not matter how many Twitter followers or blog readers, it made me remember that it does not matter how many friends I have collected, how many colleagues admire me, how many business associates I have contacts with. It is about the quality of these relationships. Now, I will admit that sometimes I get lost in believing that the more people I am able to surround myself with, the more people there are to make me happy, to reinforce the positives about myself, in general just to affirm my existence. Occasionally it is nice to be reminded that I don’t need anyone to affirm me. What I need is myself and the positive power of a good Community. And Gary has reminded me of that. He has reminded me that I not only need myself, I need good dialogue with a single person and I have a solid Community.
I’m one of the lucky ones, I’ve realized that I have a lot of people in my Community, good people, solid people, smart people, caring and inspiring people. From the people I love, my family, my close friends, some business associates, my Twitter peeps and the sweet people who take the time to read this, I’m blessed with this Community.