Get Up, Get Out, Get Involved – Reading time: 90 Seconds

Peter, a 68 year-old psychotherapist by day and an “almost-legendary” singer/songwriter by night, had been in a lot of pain for weeks because of mounting health problems. A few months ago Peter got up, got out, and got involved. He took part in a multi-artist show in his home town. “It’s really strange,” he told a friend two weeks later, “since doing that show I’ve been pain free.” Peter specifically mentioned the “connection” he felt with the other artists. This phenomenon doesn’t only relate to music though. It runs a whole range of community connecting experiences.

When Joan celebrated her 90th birthday 250 people came to celebrate with her. “If someone had attached a ball of yarn to Joan,” a friend said in a speech, “every person here would have found themselves connected to another…” Joan was called the “glue” of the community because she’s lived her life actively loving, laughing and generously giving to the people of the community, every one of whom she calls family. Is Joan lucky? Did all those people just turn up on her doorstep? Or did she get up, get out and get involved.

We human beings were meant for connection. We were meant to connect to evolve, to thrive, survive and do business. We look to our communities for support and it’s usually there to support us. But the community is us. It is our legacy. It’s what we create and leave behind.

Once upon a time people met and bumped into each other at the village green, the duck pond, the pub, the butcher the baker and the candle-stick maker. But not so much anymore. These meeting places are being replaced by sub-divisions and big box stores. In Europe, Asia and South America though people still connect and strut their stuff  in the town square, sidewalk cafes and in bustling marketplaces.

If you think you don’t have a community, look around. They are everywhere, at school, work, meet-ups, church, in volunteer organizations. All you need to do is GUGOGI. Get up, get out and get involved.