Recently, I came up with the phrase “Catalyst for Community Cohesion” to refer to the need and increasing desire to see groups and organizations work together with intentional and open partnerships towards common goals.
Too often, in our communities, there are multiple groups and organizations with great intentions working towards an increasing expanding need. As population increases and demographics change, there emerge increasing social needs. In great communities like Vermilion, this need is then identified and addressed by individuals, community groups, businesses, faith groups, and government who work tirelessness and tenaciously to fill the need. This is to be commended! The challenge with this is that we, as humanity, inherently struggle with pride; thus, as individuals and organizations, we end up protecting our idea, program, solution, etc. from others and end up working in isolation.
Although this way of operating is typical, it is neither ideal nor efficient. I have witnessed time and time again that one group can help one person, another group can help another, but if they worked together in humble partnership and openness they can actually help three people instead of just two. This is the exponential power of community cohesion – when groups work cohesively together to meet a need.
The catalyst for community cohesion is humility. Society, as a whole, needs more of it. Vermilion needs more of it. The church I serve needs more of it. Our town businesses need more of. My individual life definitely needs more of it.
If we can begin to stop protecting our individual programs, organizations, ideas, etc. and, with humble openness, join hands with others, we can accomplish exponentially more than we can on our own.
The Bible says: “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.” (Proverbs 11:2)
I sense change on the horizon. Something unique and beautiful is happening in Vermilion. In the various committees and organizations I get the privilege to be a part of, I sense increased and blossoming humility. I sense increased community cohesion as people and groups come together towards common goals and mission. This is a very positive thing.
To see this continue to grow and develop, we need more humble organizations, businesses, churches and individuals. Humble people and organizations ask for help, listen, seek common goals and reach out.
Therefore, I call us to increased humility. Together, let’s allow the catalyst for community cohesion to take effect so that together we can create lasting systemic and exponential positive change in our community. We are better together and can do exponentially more when we humbly partner towards the common good.