Currently teaching an online Nursing Care in the Communities course to nurses working on achieving their B.S.N. degree, I am reminded of the many communities that form our life tapestry:
Family - school - church - work - social groups - volunteer efforts ...to name a few, not including the physical neighborhoods / environments we have lived.
Wait...! How about the virtual communities that readers, writers, anyone with a technological device find themselves belonging to?
In fact, opportunities for employment, higher education and social play are plentiful, just for the looking, in the virtual world.
While admittedly cautious and slow in all things 'tekkie', I joined a virtual writing community around this time of year in 2011. For me, it was like moving to a neighborhood and not understanding the demographics, climate, protocol, really anything to survive...kinda silly, huh? I surely cannot imagine moving into a new home, taking on a new job, entering a school program, or joining a social group without doing a great deal of research into the community, the norms and the philosophy. Yet I signed on to this site like a trusting child running into a den of cobras.
My virtual connections
Five years later, amidst 526 followers, I found my circle of true blue virtual friends - just as precious as my friends in reality, a true community of caring 'sisters' (and 'brothers'). Most of us have left this writing site - still keeping in touch via our own websites and the 'good old fashioned' snail mail system.
"We know the rules of community; we know the healing effect of community in terms of individual lives. If we could somehow find a way across the bridge of our knowledge, would not these same rules have a healing effect upon our world? We human beings have often been referred to as social animals. But we are not yet community creatures. We are impelled to relate with each other for our survival. But we do not yet relate with the realism, self-awareness, vulnerability, commitment, openness, freedom, equality, and love of genuine community. It is clearly no longer enough to be simply social animals, babbling together at cocktail parties and brawling with each other in business and over boundaries. It is our task--our essential, central, crucial task--to transform ourselves from mere social creatures into community creatures. It is the only way that human evolution will be able to proceed."
M. Scott Peck
The Different Drum: Community - Making
Wishes for some dear and virtual friends this month
Happy April 10th birthday to my feisty friend, effer (aka Paula).
Happy April 15th birthday to my marvelous amigo, Martie.
Happy April 21st birthday to my lovely cyber-Aunt Louise.
Happy April 27th birthday to my kind-hearted kith, Kimmie.
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Until next week, wishing you peace, mar
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