Love your neighbor

I love quotes. They validate my feelings in ways I never think to speak. They hit me hard because I spend a lot of time thinking of clear and interesting ways to convey my stories. When I hear a good quote, I’m like yessssssssssssssssssss! That’s a great way to say that!

This week’s Motivational Monday quote by Dorothy Day said, “We have all known the long loneliness, and we have found that the answer is community.”

This quote starts off uniting us by saying we, and then talks of a universal feeling – loneliness. By uniting us by our shared loneliness, the author has created a sense of understanding. She then finishes the quote by giving a remedy to our pain with the word “Community”. This small quote shows how we are all the same in our loneliness; we all need each other. We all need community.

From the very beginning, humans have been social creatures, becoming better by relying on each other for resources and for comfort. Our current society also relies on each other, if not more. We heavily rely on other people to build our homes, grow our food, process and even cook our food, make our clothes, build our computers, create apps and games for us, groom our pets, manage our finances, bring us our mail, deliver our groceries, I could go on and on.

Interestingly enough, however, we are at our loneliest point in all of our history. I’m not going to go into the why… I do think it’s important to talk about the cure, though, which is Community.

Community is an obvious cure to loneliness as they are opposites, but finding a community isn’t always as obvious. It’s true you can be in a room full of people and feel alone. The mission, then becomes finding the RIGHT community for you. Classes, groups, family, neighbors, co-workers, religious members are all great types of community. Usually, a class or a group exists because of a common theme that brings everyone together, but essentially, it’s the community that people search for.

It is important to search out and find your community if you don’t have one. It’s equally important to reach out and help someone you notice searching for a community. You never know how your words and/or actions could affect someone’s life. Often a small gesture makes a major impact.

Here at Ekim’s Place, we know we are stronger together. We are building a community of local businesses to have a static platform to showcase their products, services, and stories to consumers looking to buy local. Our vision is a platform where not only the well-known local businesses come, but also the brand new or under noticed businesses, too. Each business is like a milk jug floating in the water. It’s floating but its not that big and not able to do much on its own. If you tie that milk jug to 100 other milk jugs, now you can make others take notice, you are able to carry much more weight, and you can do a lot more things.

We truly love this community called Lakeland and we hope to help bring its residents (both entrepreneurs and consumers) together like never before. We want entrepreneurs to find a valuable space for their brand. At the same time, we know consumers will find a creative and interesting space they can trust – filled with locally owned businesses.

Now I ask you to reflect and relate - How has community helped you with loneliness?

Arts & leisure