A local Santa Cruz, Calif., TV station began Saturday’s morning news with the announcement that American Idol contestant James Durbin would be returning to Santa Cruz on May 14 for a homecoming celebration after all. Considered a favorite by many, Durbin didn’t make it into the Top 3, where contestants are allowed to go home with Idol cameras along for the ride. Many past contestants were given homecoming parades and honored by local officials while surrounded by friends and family.
In the case of Durbin, a flood of emails to the FOX-TV headquarters, Santa Cruz government offices, the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce and more, prompted the show to make what they called “a rare exception.” Community involvement changed the rules of one of the most watched TV shows in the U.S. This change of heart nourished the people of Santa Cruz County, where I live, and the homecoming lifted the spirits of thousands who enjoyed the parade and music.
In community, we can accomplish seemingly impossible deeds when we share our experiences and envision together. When we come together as a connected community online and in person, the results can be empowering. Like many others, I have countless tasks that fill my days. I connect with other people here and there, at meetings and through emails, but much of what I do each day I do alone at my computer. Yet, to nourish my heart, I make time for community when my work is done and make it a point to gather together with family and others. It is then that the true color, texture and joy of life emerge through engaging conversations and various activities.
In his free e-book De-Stress Kit for the Changing Times HeartMath founder Doc Childre explains, “When people gather together to support each other, the energy of the collective multiplies the benefit to the individual.”