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I want now to spend some time describing each stage of the community continuum. I will provide an explanation in three ways. The first will be to explain the stage, secondly by describing the feelings associated with the stage and thirdly by illustrating the stage with a series of short examples.
The stages described in many communites 1 should be considered part of a journey to community. Each stage is distinct and though one can flow into the other, the intent of this description is to help the reader to differentiate the different kinds of community in their lives.
These five principles are the foundation by I which I hope to propose a unique way of looking at the experiences of community in our lives. Rather than seeing community as an ideal state of being or as something I have or do not have in my life, I would like us to consider community as a continuum of experiences.
I have long struggled to find an acceptable definition of community.I want to find a definition of community that allows me to embrace the moment, to experience it when I feel it. To embrace community as it is, in the now, how it is without judgment or comparing it to an ideal state.
After reading Derek Alton's blog - I would like to propose that the experience of community is a continuum, in other words a continuous series of experiences, which may or may not blend into each other.
The Globe and Mail asked readers to nominate the best communities in Canada... no one sent them messages about fancy houses or high-tech infrastructure, or places they are living out their comfortable lives in isolation.People who brag about their neighbourhoods today talk about a place where people know one another, where they are loved.
This summer I am going to explore the relationship between joy and community and write about it as often as I can here at seeking community. Do join me – I would LOVE to hear your wisdom and experiences to help fuel my journey.
This month’s Seekers Journal selections remind us that whether it’s about shifting giant infrastructures like economies, or reaching out for a friend, remembering that we are here, together, has a power that can change everything for the better.
Would you consider posting your photo onto your profile - this would make me so happy. Mainly because it seems to go so well with seeking community - to see the person behind the comment. If not tell us why - we would love to learn.