By Jean Ricot Dormeus
Have you ever met a successful professional or businessman who made to the top without the support of a community? So such an individual might think, but success takes a collective effort. Family, church, school, sport and social clubs, or other support systems play a vital role in shaping our lives. Even to survive, we need every day the contributions of thousands of people, known and unknown. Think of a day without the products or services of farmers, taylors, vendors, shopkeepers, craftsmen, masons, mechanics, …
The better our communities and support systems, the less challenging our journey to success. A positive and nurturing social environment inspires confidence, encourages learning and connects people for uplifting undertakings.
What if our community is less than ideal? Here comes in our role as invaluable members. Can we change it alone? We do not stand a chance to do so. However, if we are willing, we will always have an opportunity to make a difference. For example, bringing neighbors together to address common issues, sharing knowledge and encouragement or even keeping clean our houses, yards and street sections, all this goes a long way.
Our communities will reach their best if we contribute our fair share. Staying in our corners, complaining, or just expecting improvements will not cut it. We must engage with other people, help someone or teach our skills.
We draw great benefits from bringing our bricks for community and nation building. Our engagement generates new ideas, sustains our resolve to move forward and exposes us to new contacts and know how. Because community matters so much, what can we do to improve our communities?
Jean Ricot Dormeus
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