When you reflect on community what comes to mind? There are seven pillars of a healthy community can you apply these pillars to your community? What is missing and what can you do to enhance your communities well being?
Involvement with the Sackville/Beaverbank Happy Community Project allowed me an opportunity to discuss “community” and listen to others perspectives. Both have value, sharing your knowledge while listening to other is a win-win skill that I encourage you to practice. All engaged participants enhance their awareness of other and broaden perspectives/strategies which assists us to manage self and relationships.
You are providing yourself and others an opportunity to practice Social + Emotional Intelligence©
The Happy Community Project is an evidence-based practice assisting others/self to engage and make a connection to enhance mental health well-being. As the group members shared one message rang true to me. My memories of a community are what I lived, not what I am living. The Happy Community Project is an experiential activity that meets the mental health needs of the participants. Lori Gosselin, "Sounding the Drum" outlines seven pillars of a community;
· Shared Leadership
Each pillar is essential if establishing an effective group that meets the needs of its group’s members. Creating a safe environment for others to be themselves as they process and try strategies to enhance Mental Health well being.
My partner and I chatted and compiled our own examples of community
· Having two or three neighbors our family could go to-day or night if you needed help and vise versa. (Support/Commitment/Shared Leadership/Authenticity)
· The “Block Parent” sign in our front window, just about every street had a safe place to go to clearly identified (Inclusivity/Support/Commitment/Collaboration)
· Mom mediating neighbor conflicts in our living room (Collaboration/Inclusivity/Collaboration/Authenticity/Support)
· Playing on the streets and in the yard with others (Inclusivity.........are you making the link?)
· Skating on First Lake, there would be hundreds of people to stop and chat with. Skating at night with a fire going in the cove (Camaraderie......)
· Hockey games/events/fundraisers/trips (Shared Leadership/Camaraderie/Support.....)
· Old Sackville Winter Carnival (Commitment/Inclusivity/Shared Leadership/Camaraderie)
· Old Sackville Downs horse racing track
· Sunday family meal
· Old Sunday flea market
Reflect on community what comes to mind? Discuss it with others! Having this knowledge then discuss, how can you foster community engagement? Sync your strategies with your beliefs and values and push yourself out of your comfort zone once in a while and try something new.
Strategies do not need to cost you money although these interventions are often the first to come to mind. There are a multitude of free or cheap strategies to engage in to benefit you, your family and community. No one needs to be excluded because of their socio-economic status or ability. Find out what motivates you!
What you need to do next is act! Invite a few friends to engage in the activity or chat with others you meet. The goal is to engage with other to build a healthier you/community. Be the change!
“Imperfect Perspectives" will consist of written and video format. The writing and videos will be imperfect as I am the composer and director and I am perfectly imperfect! Be genuine, have the hard conversations and be compassionate to self and other. Be empowered!