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Community…GB Shaw

I’ve been praying about community a lot lately. This oil spill crisis in the Gulf has been a keen yet very painful reminder on how we ALL are part of the global community…not just the global HUMAN community but the entire natural order of life on Earth.

Y’all know I am a quote addict, so here is today’s quote:

“Independence… [is] middle-class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth. ~G.B. Shaw, Pygmalion, 1912

It has been years since I read that book for a college course, but Shaw’s words especially ring true for me this day. I am the most guilty of thinking that I am ‘ independent’: I’m introverted, have a real disdain for rules which lack any sense for their existence & generally am stubbornly ” independent’. While I would much rather prefer a world in which I can control my own destiny, the reality is that we living & nonliving beings are tightly wound together.

Ok, I can deal with being a part of the natural community but most people scare the heck out of me. Last week’s Newsweek magazine featured a fascinating article on the brains of truly creative people. While we -out-of-the-box- thinkers are generally the innovators & mystics of any society our challenge is to learn to coexist with the more mainstream members of the human race. I’m so guilty of Weirdness Pride that I often forget{ intentionally or unintentionally is the question!} that most of our human society are * not* creative thinkers & it is I who must bend just a little bit to conform. Ugh I so hate that word’ conform’ as trying to fit into a metaphorically round hole as a square peg is my life’s image.

We are all members of different communities, but at the same time we are all unique. The challenge is to find ways that we can not merely coexist in community but thrive as one.

Amen.

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Update

 I am totally remiss…I have not updated this blog since April 4. Shame on me.

I am the Team Captain for my parish’s Relay For Life & that has been the focus of my efforts since I’ve last posted to my blog. Our event was this past weekend & I am just * now* recovering from my 18-plus hours of no sleep. I arrived home Saturday morning  just before noon &, try as I might could not sleep! UGH.  

I could NOT have done it alone. My parish family is awesome & I thanked them at both Masses  on Sunday. Parishioners of all ages were a part of this years effort but I especially  thanked the youth of the parish. Their energy  positively affected this thirty-something introvert & I am so proud of our youth. The Church is truly in good hands! Alleluia. Amen.  The youth not only walked several laps but during the wee hours of the morning some of them were playing group games & singing  karaoke. I am an introvert & I do NOT like playing group games nor do I sing karaoke so kudos  to the extroverts  who so willingly participated in all the group fun. Ask anyone who knows me: I so am not a fan of group games. { ok, the exceptions are word games & Trivial Pursuit but these are not played at Relay events…yet!}

Leading Relay this year surely placed me out of my ” comfort zone” but I’ve discovered that I grow the most when forced out of what is comfortable.

Relay is truly a TEAM & COMMUNITY event & this years RFL event  is proof of what a community can do if we put aside all our differences & work together for a common cause.  Since Relay is a COMMUNITY event: All sorts of people were there & saw some{ though, thanks be to God, not many} whom I really would rather  not see again But in the spirit of the event & with my understanding of what it means to live in community & was able to wipe away my negativity concerning these persons.{ at least for the one night!!}

Why can’t the rest of the world carry on in the spirit of Relay? If this were so, than perhaps yours truly might learn to be an extrovert.