For today’s Mindful Monday episode my husband Casey and I are continuing our talk on community. We talk about how to identify who is in your community below.
Casey shares that the analogy he thinks of in relation to community is that of the solar system.
First there is the sun. That is the central point and it represents you and your immediate family or friends. It is the people you live with, share your meals with spend the most time with. For us that is me, Casey and our two kids.
And like the solar system, there are planets that orbit the sun. We think there are three planets that orbit our family unit.
The first planet are those people who don’t live with you but are closest to you in your daily life. They are like family. We are extremely thankful to have a strong support system in this area. These are the people we call when we want to take a day trip, when we need a favor or an ear to listen. They see us through the ups and downs of our messy daily lives.
The second planet describes your extended family and friends who can’t meet with you on a regular basis. It has to be more intentional and scheduled in order to make them a priority. Our families that live further away as well as friends we went to high school and college with come to mind. We love them so much but the time we spend face to face isn’t as often.
The last planet explains your acquaintances. These are the people around you but you aren’t mutually investing in each other’s lives outside of the environment where you gather. For us, coworkers and people from church come to mind.
As I mentioned in the video, there has to be a balance. If you invest all your time on any one planet, you will always feel like your missing something.
Like the sun’s gravitational pull on the orbiting planets, we too have to pull in those around us by being intentional. It is something that is constantly evolving as friends and family move amongst the other planets in our solar system.
Join me next week as I share some practical tips and suggestions on how we nurture our surrounding communities!
But I am curious, how are you cultivating community in your life? Share with me in the comments below. I’m always looking for new ideas!
From my home sweet home to yours,