Connecting with Rebel Guy’s Calendula Patch:
This photo reminded how absolutely wonderful it feels after connecting with “like-minded” folks.
“Similar Feels So Sweet”
For me – this is how I feel after leaving blog land – to where I have connected with virtual friends but we share similar outlooks on life. Ahhhh – so refreshing.
After a super busy holiday season this year – did I mention that we felt a little “clobbered” for about 60 days (November-ish to early January-ish)?
During that clobbered time, which was not all bad, we connected with various groups for things like holiday get-togethers, activities, a shower, family visits, various classes, work stuff, neighborhood activities and other community things.
A couple of times I came home completely drained.
Seriously – it was the opposite of refreshment.
It was not necessarily a need to “heal and repair mode” (well twice it was) but as I decompressed I was reminded that sometimes life circumstances have us connecting with people just because of circumstance. We end up connecting with folks who very different in a way that drains. There are times to grin and bear it – and suck it up out of love or because it is what we feel led to do – and so we genuinely give and handle the drain with maturity and grace. There might be other times when we draw boundaries and choose not to mingle – and it would be wrong to force things.
there are other times when social connecting is a complete refreshment – and we leave the interaction edified, inspired, and refreshed.
I call it sweet refreshment.
Then, I was reading (here) about Denver, Colorado’s growth and how residents wrestle with “changing stability” versus “stagnant sameness.”
So yes – sometimes sameness can be stagnant.
I am all for diversity.
It is needed….
Seasons the soul
Cultivates critical thinking
Helps us leave comfort zones
Sheds light on bias and can strip down stereotypes.
Celebrating and embracing diversity can bring healthy tension that leads to new insight without rigid prejudgment.
We don’t want stagnant.
Now I guess we could get caught up in defining “diversity” or describing the context in which diversity is crucial –
but sometimes, my friend, sometimes sameness just feels so darn good.
And even though I left some activities drained and shaking off annoyance – I also had the opportunity to leave some activities completely refreshed because I was around like-minded folks.