Today’s affirmation: I am surrounded by people who love me.
I went to a Bible study last night, but this a post about hat.
This is a post about community.
It’s been awhile since I’ve been around my church family. First the weather made it unsafe to get to church, then one kid was sick, then the other kid was sick. Now the illness has been banished from our home, the kids are back in school, and I’m finding my normal again.
So I went to a Bible study last night.
I hadn’t seen one friend in particular in awhile and we greeted one another with an excited hug because, well, we missed each other.
It’s nice to be missed.
It’s heartwarming to know that there are people out there that don’t have to love me, or even like me, but they do. They like me enough to miss me when they haven’t seen me.
That means I am valuable. That means I am wanted. That means I am lovable.
And it wasn’t just the one friend that was excited to have me there, but all of them. We have grown to know each other, we’ve grown together. They like me and I like them and I’m a part of this community now when, just 8 or 9 months ago, I wasn’t.
Over the course of this short amount of time, I have become a part of this group, this family, and they love me.
And if they love me, if they see something in me that’s worth loving, then I can love myself.
There’s so much value that can be siphoned from a group of people that care about you. It could be classmates or family or people from church or co-workers. But knowing you are loved, knowing you are valued, knowing you are important and thought of… that can change someone’s heart, someone’s life, ya know?
I encourage all of us to seek out places to belong.
Empowering Words: I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap. – Ani DiFranco
This is day 9 of my 2018 series “The Year I Learn to Love Myself.” You can get the lowdown on the series here on my day one post.