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I like walking on the beach. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
Today is a Friday. The morning is cool – even cold to some – but, I am confident this afternoon will be comfortable for all. No matter how cold it is here, it is still warmer than at home. Today I think about that distant place I call home.
There, our typical Friday night routine is ballroom dancing. Being a 14-hour drive away, we won’t be that here – but I think about that home dance community.
The Friday night crowd is typically 50-75 people gathering for dancing and socializing. Most are regulars – many I’ve gotten to know – others I have not. It is a diverse collection of people that make it work.
Dance abilities range from A to Z. Only several compete, while others don’t hear the beat or the timing well. Most are in between the two extremes.
Some dance with different people while others dance with only their partner – but everyone has a good time.
There are married couples and married solos. Others are single, divorced, widowed, or re-married. There are parents, grandparents, and the kidless. There are American-born and foreign-born. Ages vary – but most are over 40. Those over 60 and 70 say, “Dancing keeps us young because we keep moving.” Occasionally a few college students attend.
There are the tall, the short, and the in-between. The overweight, underweight, and just about right. The fit and the not-so-fit. Introverts and extroverts. Locals and transplants.
There are the retired, still working, and about to retire. The dancers have a wide range of professional skills; such as engineers, electricians, teachers, doctors, realtors, lawyers, technicians, pharmacists, firemen, scientists, accountants, physical therapists, service industry workers, managers, customer service representatives, IT professionals, dental hygienists, machinists, carpenters, and the self-employed.
There are Protestant and Catholic Christians, Jews, Atheists, and Agnostics. I’m sure a wide range of thoughts exists about creation.
There are Democrats and Republicans, while others are unaffiliated, independent, or don’t vote. Throughout the room are conservatives, liberals, ubers of each, and moderates. Nationalists and globalists are also present.
The music plays – people smile and dance. They laugh and converse. A wide variety of people with a variety of backgrounds, personalities, interests, and personal philosophies make it work despite their differences.
Different people with different experiences and beliefs come together on common ground for a common cause and not bring a soapbox.
We live in a time of labels and partitions. A time with social media and more getting in the way and pulling us apart – segregating us in ways we have not been before.
However, music and dance have a way of lightening the atmosphere – and on a floor without walls, barriers, and labels. Maybe this is simply an expression of the goodness of humanity that is and has always existed.
This is my dance community. Life involves many opportunities, so communities come in many labels. Gardening, professional, sports, games, crafts, learning, cultural, and countless clubs/gatherings of common interest. All of a gathering of people of different backgrounds, ideas, philosophies, and much more. And just like my dance community, during that time together they make it work. The same can be said for the blogging community.
As I walk, thinking about this group at home causes me to smile. It also reinforces my belief that the majority of humanity is good – and this is a good feeling to accompany me because I like walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
See what other bloggers have posted about Community
- A Sense of Community (an essay)
- In Memory of a Friend, in Memory of a Community (an essay)
- Community (a haiku)
- Engaging with a Global Community (a recorded interview by an occasional visitor here)
- Community (an essay)
- Writing Alone and Celebrating Community (an essay)
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