(in)courage (in)RL: 5 Reasons Why I Chose Community…
When I was a little girl, I loved playing hide and seek.
As I grew older, say 13 or 14 years old, the neighborhood kids and I would play hide and seek at dusk. More challenging, but just as fun.
As my little man entered toddlerhood, it was just as much fun seeing and realizing that he enjoyed playing this childhood game as much as I. The cutest thing of all was he would always hide in the same place ~ every time. Each time found, a giggle.
Eventually, and without awareness or knowledge, hide and seek became a way of life. Physically, I was present, going through everyday motions, living life as expected. Emotionally, however, I was in hiding. I hid real feelings, thoughts, desires and hopes out of fear.
I was afraid of being rejected.
I was afraid of being dismissed.
I was afraid of sounding stupid.
I was afraid ~ period.
My fear originated from having experienced rejection, dismissal and name calling.
Hope seemed lost.
Confidence was lost.
My heart was broken ~ shattered ~ but only known to me.
A smile masked the pain and a laugh covered the hurt.
I learned both well.
However, a time came when neither smile nor laugh could carry me. I was a believer, just not believing.
Can you relate?
A choice had to be made. A choice was made.
No longer would I live an insulated, self-protecting isolationist life.
No longer would I wait for someone to pull me out, meet me, greet me.
It was when I welcomed the idea of community, that all changed.
Here are 5 reasons why I chose community…
1. I needed support and encouragement from like-minded sisters.
I welcomed both in abundance in community.
2. I longed to support, encourage and inspire other like-minded sisters.
I’m able to do so in community.
3. I wanted to be accepted for who I was created to be, not for who others thought I should be.
I was accepted as designed in community.
4. I desired transparency and authenticity in speech as well as life.
I found both in community.
5. I craved an unbiased, open welcome with no strings.
I met it in community.
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