Our home and our community can be a major component in the way we define ourselves. It is also an important part of the way we present ourselves to others.
There are many reasons why someone may choose a particular place to live: they may have family nearby, perhaps they moved for a job, it’s where they grew up, they went to college there and stayed after graduating, moved for a romantic partner, it was all they could afford, etc.
So the first part of this week’s question is just that: what are the circumstances that led you to be where you currently live? Do you like it? Why or why not?
There is another aspect to the question, as well. What are the things about the place where you live that you enjoy? Is it the neighbors? The quirky shops nearby? Perhaps it is surrounded by nature, or gives off a modern vibe that energizes you.
Maybe you don’t like where you live, and are hoping to move someday. What is it you don’t like? What will you be looking for? Where would be the ideal place for you?
Ultimately, we conflate who we are and where we live, for better or worse. What does your choice say about you?
Why do you live where you live?
Related questions: Why do we like what we like? Why do we put up with unhappiness? What makes a place feel like home? What makes a community?
We all rely on other people to some extent. Who do you count on the most?
Share why if you wish.
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But there’s a second meaning to the question as well. In your life, there will always be people or causes that you care deeply about. Something may be a passion project for you or for your community. How can you bring attention to a cause, or take actual, concrete steps toward improving or enhancing something you care about? What are the ways you can strengthen bonds between you and loved ones?
How can you help?
Related questions: How can we turn ideas into actions? What are our responsibilities to others? What makes a community? How do you define success?
Whether a neighborhood, a family, or a company, our communities play an important role in our personal and professional lives. Creating a community, maintaining it, and continuing to build it is fundamental to our existence.
But what are the necessary steps in establishing a bond between a group of individuals? What ingredients are needed?
What makes a community?
Related questions: What do we have in common? What are our responsibilities to others? Why do we feel the need to belong? What makes a place feel like home?