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The Power of Community

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The Power of Community

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.”

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Sara, from the HeartMath Institute

Sara Childre is President and CEO of the non-profit Institute of HeartMath. Since 1991, Sara has helped oversee and develop HeartMath trainings, educational products and scientific programs. She was appointed vice president and CFO of the institute in 1992, then president and CEO in 1998.


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6:53PM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

Thanks to the community and thanks to FOX for realizing this is truly an exceptional young man. Hope he has a HUGE career.

2:33PM PDT on May 24, 2011

James wins and AUTISM really wins with his magnificent voice and drive to overcome. I sure that he will extend his hand and his voice to others less fortunate and share and share and share. I will join some others in not watching any further A.I. shows; because they let a true treasure slip through, but not before he was able to demonstrate his greatness.

8:07AM PDT on May 24, 2011

This is how real changes can be made in this country; all the way from the smallest community to the halls of corporate power.

Shunning all TV and in particular programs such as American Idol, I still must thank you for the premise of this article which is community involvement and support of the individual's efforts regardless of the opinions or choices on a personal level.

It was a heartwarming thing to read this morning.

3:10PM PDT on May 23, 2011

Community building and community development are goals worth striving for. We are meant to live in community not in isolation. Thanks for the post.

11:37AM PDT on May 23, 2011


10:38AM PDT on May 23, 2011

Thank you

10:38AM PDT on May 23, 2011

Thank you

9:26AM PDT on May 23, 2011

This was great

8:33AM PDT on May 23, 2011

thanks for sharing

8:21AM PDT on May 23, 2011


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