Blog Post – 4/17/18 – Real People, Real Community!

Real people, real community!  What does that mean?

Well at its simplest it is what it says, real people in a real community.  But then question comes up why use the qualifier “real” and how are the nouns people and community being modified? The answer begins with an examination and definition of each separately.

Real People
A dictionary definition of people says, “1.  human beings in general or considered collectively  2.  the men, women, and children of a particular nation, community, or ethnic group.”  Those are the definitions used here with the word real added to indicate that anyone who participates is important and valued and that each person who participates has something to offer and something to be valued.  You don’t have to be a big name to participate and if you happen to have a big name and participate, you don’t have to be your “big name”.  As one person put it, “It’s where anybody can be a somebody and a somebody can be anybody.”  Hear, hear!

Real Community
A dictionary definition of community says, “1.  a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common  2.  a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.”  Those definitions apply as well with the word real indicating an acknowledgement that communities are made up of people who are all very different even if they have common characteristics, interests and goals.  Community does not mean everyone is the same in all ways and sometimes there are marked differences.  However, the focus remains on what is shared and what unites us.

Real People, Real Community!
Real communities made up of real people can be challenging at times, yet are almost always interesting.  A mix of people all being themselves is rather unique in today’s world and is worth cultivating.  Opinions and positions will not be shared by everyone so an attentive blend of listening and sharing is needed.  An environment of disagreement without condemnation is required for this kind of community to flourish.

Communities dedicated to these principles take effort, time and work and the rewards reflect what goes into them.  Participating in such a community also has many rich rewards.  When different communities based on similar principles connect and collaborate with one another then even more is possible!

Welcome to Yarns Around the World and enjoy!

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