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The Deeper Definition of Community

11/19/2018



The
Deeper Definition of Community


It
was many years ago that I first heard that the definition of Community was “people
coming together in unity.” This definition made sense to me then and continues
to help me define the real meaning of a community. Klahanie is just such a
community. 

Think
about it—on a forested plateau in America’s northwest corner, we have created
and benefited from one of the nation’s most diverse communities. From what had
been a very Lilly-white region, we now have people from around the world
electing to live in close proximity to each other. Children from Beijing,
Mumbai and Iowa play on the same teams, swim in the pools together and learn
from one another.  

What
we have is an enhanced sense of connection, civility and acceptance. And yet,
as we have seen with our national politics, this web of connection is fragile.
It must be cared for and broken strands rebuilt daily. Each of us need to pause
periodically and personally recommit to protecting our community values. This
is the magic-sauce that makes living in Klahanie so special for all of us.

Two
weeks ago we did learn of a sad disruption in the normal civility. A woman
walking two dogs near the baseball fields yelled at an elderly man practicing
his Tai Chi telling him to go back to where he belongs and threatening him with
her dogs. We don’t know who the woman is but this type of intolerance should
not be ignored nor tolerated.

Perhaps
the best way to counter this divisive action is for each of us to do more to produce
positive energy. Our Jewish neighbors have a tradition of Mitzvah- an
individual action of human kindness. A mitzvah is a little thing you can do to
be kind to someone without expecting anything in return. Say “Hello” and smile
as you past people on your walk; let someone merge in traffic, or stop and give
directions when someone appears to need some assistance. My encouragement to
you is to set a goal to do two mitzvah’s a day. I guarantee you will feel
better and your community will continue to exhibit our civility and be a
wonderful example for others to emulate.

Fred
Nystrom

Association
Director




 



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