Living Gently…Every Day: Community Spirit

We live in a world of violence, self-indulgence and entitled behaviors. Our daily news can be both overwhelming and depressing. But how different could things be if we all embraced a few positive changes? What are the endless possibilities that could come about if we found ways to support, encourage and empower one another? Each month, we’ll explore a new way to embrace a way to live more gently, and hopefully, create a ripple effect in the lives around us.

April: Community Spirit Month
Wise Words: “While the spirit of neighborliness was important on the frontier because neighbors were so few, it is even more important now because our neighbors are so many.” ~Lady Bird Johnson

The Forsyth Magazines team recently attended our second Publishers Conference. As we met with other organizations around the country, who similarly provide publications in their respective cities, the subject of community was a huge part of our discussion. We collectively agreed that community was the foundation for all of our respective publications!

Being a part of a community is much more than just having an address within certain lines on a map. “Community Spirit” is a call to action that includes participation and volunteering. Wikipedia defines the term as “a group of people working together to help improve the community they live in.” As April is Community Spirit month, it’s a great time to look for opportunities to be involved! Whether you’re looking for like-minded people who are interested in sports… Or, you love reading and want to be a part of a local book club… Or, you feel passionately about a certain cause, and want to volunteer your time to an organization that shares your view… Community spirit, at its core, is a verb and requires action – involvement and participation.

The amazing thing about being involved in a community is that while you may be giving of yourself, you will most likely get so much in return! You will have the opportunity to meet other people and make new friends. You may find new businesses and services from whom you can benefit. You will feel the satisfaction of being a part of something bigger than yourself. You will lead by example, showing your children the value of being a part of a community. You will develop and take pride in your town. The take-away from being involved in a community is both significant and priceless!

Forsyth Magazines are full of ways to be involved in your community. As you read our magazines, prepare to be inspired!