Who is part of your village? We are all familiar with the saying that “It takes a village to raise a child”. In fact, people of all ages need to feel part of a village. All of us have a deep need to be positively connected to others with common purpose and values. Learning to be compassionate and respectful to others and listening deeply supports connection and emotional health. Having a focus on strengths and learning to celebrate our own strengths and the strengths that each person brings into a relationship or group builds an atmosphere of positivity and a can-do attitude. Reinforcing strengths, is like shining a light in the dark.
Deep connection requires us to slow down and take notice of the people that surround us. By listening deeply and acting out of compassion we can be like the Good Samaritan who stopped to meet the needs of a fellow human being. By acting out of love for people and shining a light on strengths we, like the Good Samaritan, can lift people and help them move to a better place.