“Acting in a tribal way simply means being willing to make substantive sacrifice for your community.” // From the book Tribe by Sebastian Junger
I listened to my first audio book of the year and it has all sorts of things stewing.
We use that word flippantly I think.
Or maybe not.
Only you can know what a substantive sacrifice looks like for you.
It talked about our lack of tribe because of our lack of interdependence…due largely to modern convenience.
For example…This is Lisa.
She was sick recently for about two weeks.
I met Lisa through instagram and since we both live in the Portland area, we’ve gotten together several times.
She has already made my life richer.
She’s older than me, her kids are older, yet there is a connection that feels important and real.
BUT I failed her…I failed my tribe.
I knew she was sick.
I thought “I should find out her address and take her some soup or something.”
But I didn’t.
I felt it then.
I’m feeling it now.
I should have done SOMETHING.
How can I expect to be a part of a tribe when my sacrifice for others isn’t there?
Saying this isn’t an excuse or looking for a “that’s a kind thought,” it’s an honest look into how we say we care, but what do we DO with that care? What are the actions?
I know that when I serve others I love them even more.
So here’s my rather public commitment for showing up more. For real. For doing something more. Because I can.
Because WE can.
Let’s lift our tribe. ♥
*Find Lisa on Instagram @pdxlisa
*Picture by @evolvefitwear
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P.S. I know it’s been AGES since I’ve shown my face around here, but I’m back. And it feels good. And there’s good things coming. I’ve been hanging out a whole bunch on Instagram and you can find me there @carrot_bowl_bonnie. In the meantime, say hello, take someone some soup, and have an amazing Friday!