I used to think community was one network that served as a safety net.
But, community isn’t just one circle. Your network is actually multiple circles where you belong. Sometimes they overlap and sometimes a it’s a group that you were part of in the past.
Like your nuclear family.
Or a class that you were part of.
Or a church or small group that you used to attend.
The fact is that past communities helped shape who we are as humans.
Reunions are communities of the past that we re-connect with in the present.
Reuniting with that community is important to understand ourselves. Who we were then and who we are now.
When that community gets together again, the shared memories are the glue that cements the community.
It is the communities of the past that have shaped who we are. And, we in turn have shaped them.
Some communities we have chosen and some we haven’t.
But the communities of our present and future we choose. We choose to identify with them. We choose to be a part of them. We choose to influence them. We shape those communities, to a greater or lesser extent. And they shape us.
All the communities of our past have influenced who we are today.
To re-connect with those people means to touch our former selves.
Emotional and relational health involves coming to terms with past communities. Being at peace with yourself in relation to them.
Accepting the good, bad and ugly and redeeming the negative.
Extending forgiveness when necessary. Accepting forgiveness when necessary.
Expressing gratitude for the impact the people in those circles have made.