“The only reason we don’t open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don’t feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with. To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves, we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else’s eyes.” ~ Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” ~ Brené Brown, Daring Greatly

“We are a community of possibilities, not a community of problems. Community exists for the sake of belonging and takes its identity from the gifts, generosity, and accountability of its citizens. It is not defined by its fears, its isolation, or its penchant for retribution. We currently have all the capacity … to create an alternative future.” ~ Peter Block, Community: The Structure of Belonging

We belong to one another. We live in a continual interweaving that goes both noticed and unnoticed. We impact one another in ways we can’t always see or control. We surprise ourselves with these connections all time. It’s when you sit back and say, Wow, small world. And when this happens, we either embrace it or feel challenged by it but, either way, it’s there. Continue reading