We all need . . .
Every so often my emails take over if I don’t manage them. I’m sure we all have this. Sometimes, it’s a quick delete to the trash, but more often than not there are emails to be read, news to be learned and events to be corresponded. As I write this one, I sure hope you don’t delete but rather keep reading. I promise it’s worth the two minutes of your time. In fact, I hope it will make you think of the community where you live.
One particular email, immediately drew me in with the following sub head: “One of the world’s leading economists explains why our communities could hold the answer to many of society’s problems.”
Now I am no where near being a scholar and am not sure how I got on this subscription service but it came from the University of Chicago. So not only is it legit, but its scholarly.
The podcast, which you can read here, explores the disempowerment of communities. My heart sank a bit as I read the article. I wanted to say, “now hold on a minute, community is a strong word not to be taken lightly.”
But then again, I started to think perhaps we have taken our community too lightly. When was the last time you didn’t venture out to a far off big box store but rather just went to the local store to get that item you so desperately needed? Or better yet, when have you just stopped and supported the locals?
In a world where social media is what supposedly keeps us “social”, I couldn’t help to feel saddened at how lonely our world has become. Isolation is at its all time highest and that just doesn’t seem right—nor wanted.
Bill Withers says it best when he belts out the lyrics to his song Lean on Me
“We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you’ll understand
We all need somebody to lean on.”
When Tim Lymberopoulos first opened the doors to his Wash Park restaurant, he didn’t know what the community would expect. Of all the Wash Park brunch places he wanted one thing: a place of community. “There is nothing better than when I am at Fooducopia and I see customers laughing, talking and enjoying a meal together,” he said. “It just makes me happy.” Isn’t that what community is all about?
Or as the song reminds us all:
“If there is a load you have to bear
That you can’t carry
I’m right up the road
I’ll share your load…”
Thanks for reading…
We look forward to seeing you at the corner of Race and Kentucky Avenue.