I can’t overstate how important a sense of community is. Without community there is no responsibility or accountability for our actions. We are all connected, and a lot of our attitudes, behaviors and communications do affect others. Look around you. Who around you would you help, and who would help you in your time of need? That’s your community. If your community is mostly online via social media or other outlets, then you’re missing a large chunk of the living experience. It’s easy to disappear in online interactions, easy to misinterpret text-based communications, easy to write someone off when they offend you because you haven’t truly invested in the relationship. What about the community, the area in your immediate geographical vicinity? If someone was robbing you right now, would anyone notice or care? If someone was robbing your neighbor, would you notice or care? If we don’t take a stand to strengthen and secure our surroundings, then we do ourselves and our community a disservice. Help your community, support your community, and reap the cultural and social benefits. It helps everyone involved. So go out and join or create a festival, join or create a farmers market, create a community game day or barbeque, meet some neighbors.