For this edition we will be discussing stagnation in our social life.
Remember the definition: Being stagnant means having stopped, as by ceasing to run or flow; failure to develop, progress, or advance. The state or quality of being or feeling sluggish and/or dull.
For this post I wanted to focus on friendships, social life and community involvement.
We were not built to be singular individuals that have no interaction with others. Friendships have a long history dating back to Biblical times. I believe that Jesus not only saw the disciples as individuals who would carry out His vision, but also His friends. John 15:13 says “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends”. That is exactly what Christ did not only for us, but also the disciples. Friendships are a bond that transcends distance, time, hardships and even pains. You ever pick up the phone and talk to a friend you haven’t spoken to for years, and it is like you spoke yesterday? That is the power of friendship.
If you are feeling stagnant in the area of friendships, social life and community involvement – I recommend joining an organization that will assist you to meet like-minded individuals. These individuals should provide support in the areas that are the most important to you.
When I moved back to Orlando, FL after being in Tampa, FL for quite some time – I needed to meet some people. Although Orlando was the town where I grew up (middle school & high school), things had changed, people moved and I even changed. After much time I decided to join the Central Florida Urban League Young Professionals where I met some awesome people and made lasting friendships. I also was able to assist in making a positive impact on the community. On top of that, the organization assisted me in growing both personally and professionally. Through the connections made within the organization, I got the final push to establish La Belle Vie Essentials. You can find local chapters of both the National Urban League and National Urban League Young Professionals chapters here.
If you do not become part of the National Urban League, there are so many organizations where you can meet like-minded individuals. This may be within your church, a fraternity or sorority, or other community organizations. The important thing is to take the steps to put yourself out there and make the effort to get to know those around you.
I’ll have to do a separate blog on friendships, and the power of friendships. The important thing about stagnation is making forward steps. If you are struggling in this area – you may need a change of environment and surroundings. This will assist you in making the important connections we need to grow.
This ends our blog series this month. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did! Remember NO STAGNATION in area of our lives. We have discussed spiritual, professional, relationships and our social life. Let’s make sure we are taking forward steps towards our goals.
If you have a blog topic you think we should cover, please comment below! We are very open to any ideas!
For His glory only!