How blessed I am to have spent Saturday with my family and friends with great food laughter and hugs celebrating the Dia de Los Muertos where at Longmont’s awesome museum my Sisters made an alter for my mamacita and papito. I realize how wonderful it is to have such a caring loving family. And Sunday morning in a happy frame of mind I joined Mike on our Sunday walk we had not walked for the past two weeks due to a foggy Sunday morning and a scheduling problem with Candace from Denver who was scheduled to join us.
And for sure I know why that practically every Sunday morning of my life starting three years ago this past July I have walked the neighborhoods of Longmont with Chief Butler. It is because when we met and talked to Ron whose wife died a week ago who needed someone to talk, to share with and Mike was there to listen and then Ron went on share with me about his memories of when there was Taco town in East Longmont but how far we have come to make this an inclusive caring community.
And When Benito (Ben) Chavez, John and I recalled the terrible times we went through when two Latino young men were shot to death by the Police officer in Longmont in August of 1980 and that how we ALL together in our great Longmont City made it right for us Latinos for that matter ALL of us and that YES we felt and know that we are one great Inclusive community! And Joan, Vernon, MJ, Terry and Michelle made me feel oh so good in our talks with them they love our community they shared with us and even went back and got some bottle water for us. In these troubled times, how great a feeling to know after our walk/s and when I get back to my casa feeling and knowing that everything is going to be okay!
Building the social fabric of community depends on initiatives that result in more individual and communal connections. Making connections is a skill often underused, undeveloped, or unrecognized. But it is a natural skill and abundant in every neighborhood in our community. So the key to building our social fabric is simply a matter of intention - an intention to enhance the spirit and culture of connecting. In identifying connectors, we ask, "Who sees the gifts of local people and figures out ways to share them?" "Whom do people turn to when something needs to be done in the neighborhood?" "Who are the people who take responsibility for making social gatherings happen?" "Who took the initiative to create a new neighborhood group?" Some attributes of connectors include:
They are gift centered people. They see the "half-full" in everyone.
They are typically well connected themselves.
They are trusted and create trusting relationships.
They believe in people in their community.
They are people who get joy from connecting, convening and inviting people to come together.