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Remind Me Again…

11 Comments 30 July 2010

There is an awful lot of talking, tweeting, blogging, writing, television, and other mediums that are promoting relationships between women.  I call it community and I sincerely believe that we have lost sight of it in its most rewarding forms.  Women seem to be much better at developing community with one another and yet we fail to put the effort into doing so.

So, why again do we need community?  Why do we need relationships in our lives that are life-giving and empowering?  Here are five of the best reasons that I have read lately.

Jean Miller Baker, wrote this little list, (yes, another list!) called 5 Good Things and I think its simplicity and clarity are fantastic.

Growth-fostering relationships empower all people in them.
These are characterized by:

1. A sense of zest or well-being that comes from connecting with another person or other persons.

2. The ability and motivation to take action in the relationship as well as other situations.

3. Increased knowledge of oneself and the other person(s).

4. An increased sense of worth.

5. A desire for more connections beyond the particular one.

It is always good for me to remind myself why community is important and why I want to be in relationship with other women who bring these 5 good things into my life!  I also want to remind myself why I want to be a 5 good thing kinda gal!

Do you have women in your life who you can say these 5 good things about?  If not, be one and get one..or two, or three…

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  1. Kelsey says:

    What a beautifully written post. And a beautiful blog. Your introduction as to why you write really stands out from the multitude of “about me’s” that I’ve been reading. Your writing is so much like music, and poetry, in the descriptive language you use. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Stephanie Kooienga says:

    The women at CTS did this best…I miss those days and the signficance of those community building friendships. Thanks for writing, Jorja! You are one of those empowering CTS women I am talking about:)

  3. wendi says:

    jorja–you have always brought these 5 good things to my life. thanks.

    • Jorja says:

      wen, i can’t believe you read my blog! shut-up! i am honored, no kidding and thanks for the lovely compliment. it was almost enough to make me send you my crate & barrel cannisters! 😉

  4. keri says:

    you mean that trip to IKEA to look for those cannisters was worthless…they were from crate & barrel!? 🙂 (and big mama…thanks for promoting these 5 good things through your blog…i think women in community is vital for us!)

  5. keri says:

    don’t be sorry. actually no trip to ikea is worthless. i love that place. (and i’m happy to know that maybe wendi can find those cannisters that she dearly loves from C&B!!)

  6. This is a great way to express why we need each other. Our pastor spoke this past Sunday about community groups within the church. We are there to help hold one another up when we are down, we are there to ‘do life with’. That’s why we need community, we weren’t meant to be alone.

    And with the internet and blogging and twitter and facebook… we have more opportunities to ‘meet’ more great people that we probably would have never known!

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