October 15, 2019 // 1:51 PM
Garden Spot Village – A Community Where People Connect and Care for Each Other
Written by Scott Miller
Community is a word that has lost its meaning in our world of self-interest. There’s nothing wrong with self-interest unless, like anything else, it’s taken to the extreme. Unfortunately, the use of the word community has become so common place that few stop to think what community really means. Today we have housing communities. We have community buildings and the list goes on. They generally refer to a place where people get together but getting together is only part of the story. The deeper story that underlies community is that true community is shared among a group of people who know each other, share life together, care about each other’s welfare, look out for each other and are generally open and welcoming.
Have you ever been to a community event where there is a huge crowd of people but very few people interact with one another? Or have you ever walked through a “community” of people where no one makes eye contact, says hello or acknowledges one another’s presence? Walk through just about any housing development and that will be your experience.
Today is the Garden Spot Village Fall Festival. The day is winding down and I’m sitting in my office listening to all the voices in the Village Square. The Fall Festival is considered a “community” day and what that means here is that people come together to engage in the experiences of the day and interact with one another. It’s difficult not to make eye contact. You can avoid others if you really try but it’s challenging because people are so engaging. Of course people talk with people they know but it’s extremely easy to get into conversations with people you’ve never met before.
One of the reasons for that is because Garden Spot Village understands community as “a place where people know each other, share life together, care about each other’s welfare, look out for each other and are generally open and welcoming.” It’s part of the DNA the “community.”
In a world that idealizes the individual it’s refreshing to be part of a community where people are concerned about each other, openly greet those they don’t know and share life together. The Garden Spot Village Fall Festival, for me, is a wonderful example of a “community” day.