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I get by with a little help from my friends

Saturday, April 21, 2012

This was a big week for me. I was in four states, three airports, and two hotels. I spent less than 24 hours in Spencer between Monday afternoon and Friday night.

But I think my theme for this week was community. I met people I only recognized by byline. I sat in a room with representatives of nearly every region of the United States and Canada. Very few of us had ever met each other before, but we all shared a common goal. We wrote for the same magazine.

On Friday I traveled and met others who work in the same industry that I do. I might not ever see them again, but there's a community there.

My husband and I spent nearly a year and a half without meeting more than three people. We moved and within a week we had met 20 times that many.

It's great being part of a community, because as humans we need that interaction. We were not created to be alone, we were created to live, work, and socialize among each other.

The weather's not all that great right now. While it's needed, having the rain doesn't make us want to leave the comfort of our own homes. But it's going to get warm soon, and I encourage everyone to spend more time in the parks and downtown, if for no other reason than to just be among one another. It increases our emotional wellness, which has been shown to also increase physical wellness. (Think about it, even physiologically we need each other).

And with that, I'll step off of my soapbox. Have a great weekend everyone.



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