For years I wanted to create a network of friendships where we encouraged, inspired and held each other accountable. Finding a group of likeminded individuals took some time as my ideals and beliefs were taking shape and solidifying. I spent a good portion of the past decade moving around and travelling the world where I made friendships but my soul longed for the deep connection of sisterhood and community.
Over the past couple years, I have watched a creation of a tribe of some very lovely souls. Some I have known for quite some time and others entered my life more recently. A tribe does not necessarily need to live near each other; there are common threads of love, compassion and respect.
I met each one through different circumstances and watching them form their own bonds over the years has been quite heartwarming for me. We are each different and unique, however, we mesh together in a loving and encouraging way.
I attribute finding my tribe to opening my heart and putting down roots.
I recently visited my sister in the Pacific Northwest. One day, I was sitting out on her deck amongst the treetops watching the wind blow through the pine needles. She explained how evergreens have shallow roots but continue to grow tall. Part of their survival depends on their growth in a community of other trees. This communal aspects helps protect the trees’ vitality and against the elements.
Their roots grow outward and the mingling of roots help the trees create strength…just like the mingling of differing backgrounds can create strength. Throughout storms, the intermingled root systems reveal and produce the strength of the community.
Another attribute of evergreens is the ability to stay green during the darker times of winter. Even when light is dimmed and other trees shed their leaves and become dormant, evergreens showcase their color. A tribe supports each other to shine amidst life’s hardships and darkness. When one is going through a particular hard time, the rest of the tribe can hold them up and provide strength and light.
Think about your own friendships and ask the following questions…
- Does this person encourage me to be the best version of myself?
- Is there a spirit of love?
- Do we align on ideals and respect each other’s differences?
- Are we honest with each other, even when it’s difficult?
- Do they inspire and provide light during my dark times and vice versa?
Take some time today to offer gratitude for your tribe. Send them a card, text or call them to express your love and gratitude.
Find your tribe, love them hard. – Danielle Laporte
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