1000 Flowers for the Planet - #407 Encourage Others to Belong
Another way to create harmony in any community (or any situation, for that matter) is to ensure everyone feels like they belong. And it starts with YOU. Don’t be the one expecting someone else to extend an invitation to a newcomer or to notice someone looks like they are uncomfortable in the group. You be the person who extends an invitation to join in. We all share this planet together, so let’s find ways to get along and be part of the global village we have created.
If a new family has moved into your neighbourhood, make them feel welcome and help them find their way around the area. If someone joins your club, group, society or team, ensure they feel like they are genuinely a part of that group. Refugees and migrants can be made to feel like they belong to your community if you invite them to share in activities that are typical of your culture. It might be as simple as having a barbeque. Children can be encouraged to ensure newcomers to their school are orientated to the campus so they know where they’re going, and invite them to join in at play time. Even someone who has lived in your area for decades might feel detached and lonely, so keep an eye out for all people who need encouragement to belong, and make the world a better place.