Tribalism and group think scares the bejeebers out of me. I've seen it go south too many times in my small existence on the planet. So much so, that I'm completely okay hanging out at the margins observing, pondering, wondering and wandering. I can see you and celebrate you without having to parrot you or buy the company t-shirt.
When "all in" means I lose the ability to think for myself and ask questions, I might need to pause and ask myself is this really healthy.
When "all in" means I'm relegated to silence when I call foul or challenge a decision, I might need to pause and ask myself is this really healthy.
I'm not advocating questioning everything with skepticism. I'm advocating being in community where you are free to be your most authentic you, where the value of who you are is significant.
When I'm only as good as my usefulness or my ability to allow my gifts to be consumed, I might need to pause and ask myself, is this really healthy?
Wonder and mystery always keeps my heart open to Love and to believing the best about people.
How do you feel in your community? Are you alive and energized? Are you always having to be careful about how you'll form what you say? Are you seen and known? After you've invested hours of your time, energy and resources, do you feel there is a valuable return on your investment?
Too often we go numbly through our lives, not checking in with our heart.
You don't have to settle for the next rote thing, you can say yes to the next alive thing.
Where is the place, who are the people that energize you and make you come alive?
Find that place.
Discover those people.
Enjoy community, but don't ever sacrifice your own mind to be a part of the tribe.
When the chants of "We Are Something" overpower the song of "I AM," you might want to pause and ask yourself, is this really healthy?