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The Lemonade Stand :: Community

Monday, October 13, 2014

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The Lemonade Stand is where we meet to share from our hearts, inspire each other to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, and gather as a community to celebrate the bright side of life.

 

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We had some friends over this weekend because they are moving away and we wanted to spend some time with them before they go. It seems this is the way now. We make plans to see the people we care about because they are leaving, though we only see them sporadically when we are here. Granted, I live in Southern California (Los Angeles, to be exact) and this place is a giant, far-reaching city full of neighborhoods that are impossible to navigate given traffic times. You know what they say: funny because its true.

Here is where I find myself: in this day and age of technology and social media and smartphones, how do we define our community? Truth is, I have close friends where our relationship is pretty much online. We talk, we keep in touch, and when we do visit in real life, we don’t waste time “catching up.” We’ve already done that so we just pick up and move forward. In fact, every time I feel like quitting social media, some connection happens that never would have happened otherwise and I find myself scrolling yet again.

Back to my friends that are moving. My husband and I are going to miss them tremendously. Painfully so. Yet we didn’t see each other all that much in real life because of work, kids, family, etc. (That and the fact that we live in separates parts of LA. Seriously, if you know Los Angeles,  you feel my pain.) They are our community, even if it means we will have to make do with social media for the upkeep. Interesting times we live in.

So I wonder, how do you all feel about your online communities versus your communities in real life? Where do they intersect? Where do they strengthen each other? I would love to hear about it…

 

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    Holli S. says:

    Two of my closest friends live more than 6 hours away. We call, text, chat online, send each other snaps of kids and keep in touch in any way possible. When we’re together, it’s like we’ve never been apart, because we already know what needs known. 

    And then there’s the friends from my very small town that I see every morning for a work out and face time. 

    I think communities and friendships can span vast spaces, as well as tiny ones, if everyone does their part to reach out.

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    Trisha says:

    I am blessed to have both a strong local, physical community and a strong online community. The online community came about a few years ago, and we’ve grown from readers of the same blog, to true, close friends. We visit each other, cheer each other on, and help each other in countless ways, just as with a physical community.
    In a way I feel like online communities can build stronger spaces than physical communities, because of the distance from our everyday lives. There is a  feeling of being able to jump right in to the big stuff, because of the nature of online communication. I also feel like my online community is more diverse than my local community, which is a wonderful thing. The women there come from more varied age ranges, socioeconomic statuses, races and backgrounds. I live in a small state without a lot of diversity, so it really enriches my life to get to talk to people who are coming from a different outlook on the world. 

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