One thing that seems to be lacking in our society today is a sense of belonging. The pandemic has certainly taken a toll, but the perilous trends have been building for some time.
Volunteerism is declining along with church attendance and community engagement.
The fabric of our society seems weaker. Decades ago, we lived in neighborhoods, we connected with family and friends locally, participated in schools, churches and community activities. No one was wealthy by today’s standards but there was a wealth in the sense of belonging we each experienced. Not to say life was easy but there was a lot more neighbor helping neighbor. There was an inherent respect for each person’s place in the community.
So it is a great day to take an inventory of how we are spending our minutes online. Are we connected with others or do we feel like we are on the outside looking in? Do we have goals for our time online that lend meaning and purpose to our lives or are we filling time?
Back to isolation- there are huge health risks not having a sense of social belonging. Anxiety, depression, a weakened immune system, all types of physical ailments.
A sense of belonging helps to give us a sense of purpose. We all have unique gifts and talents that need to be shared with others.