This week I was again reminded of the desire people have to connect with one another. My church is kicking off small groups for the fall and winter and the group I’m leading had their first meeting on Wednesday evening. There were 6 of us and we all hit it off really well. This is going to be a fun group!
As a way to get to know one another, our group opened with 2 short questions that each person responded to. Those 2 questions were:
- What is something you enjoy doing
- Why are you in this group?
From the answers to questions 1, it is obvious that our group likes getting out doors and hiking. I see a potential group hike in our future!
There was a strong theme regarding the 2nd question that had to do with connecting with others. People in the group, including me, were interested in connecting with a smaller group of people and establishing relationships that went beyond the busy Sunday pleasantries of, “How are you doing? I’m fine.” We are all interested in getting to know people and to be known as well. That is one of the best reasons for joining a small group that I can think of.
I’ve been part of several small group settings including:
- Groups at church
- Professional groups and workshops
- Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace
- The Dale Carnegie Human Relations course
It’s amazing to me how much people open up when they’re in the company of others with similar interests. What’s even more amazing is once a safe environment is established:
- People are willing to honestly share what’s going on in their lives.
- How supportive people are to others in the group.
People are social creatures and were made for interaction with others. Although it’s easy to shut ourselves off from others and go about our days without connecting with others, I think this is a bad plan. Long term it leads to potential loneliness and a life lacking the richness that is often provided through connection with others.
How are you doing at connecting with others? I encourage you to look for opportunities to connect with others in the days, week, and months ahead. In my opinion, life is more enjoyable when we invest in the lives of others, and they do likewise with us.