I came across this article recently and thought it was worth sharing. I have been so fortunate to have found a “tribe” of friends that is truly amazing and supportive. As my 40th birthday has come and gone, I have come to some realizations about friendships and their impact on our lives.
There is a saying that people come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. I belive this to be true. I think back on the friendships that have faded over time and realize that sometimes these relationships are not meant to last. We do not have the time or capacity to nourish them.
As time passes and we grow older and wiser, we shed those relationships that do not serve us and treasure those that do. I am so lucky to have friendships that have endured a lifetime, others that have made my life full for a decade or more and others that are new with the hope of becoming decades long as well.
**To all my “tribe” out there, (you know who you are:)), my everlasting gratitude, love and appreciation for being a support and light in my life.**
Your Allies on Life’s Journey
Finding Your Tribe
by Madisyn Taylor of Daily OM
We all desire to find our tribe, a community of those that feel comfortable to us and nurture our journey.
Part of being human is the search for an individual identity. Bound to this strong need to establish a unique persona, however, is an equally intense desire for acceptance. It is when we find our individual tribes that both are satisfied. Our tribe members are those people who accept us as we are without reservation and gladly accompany us on our journeys of evolution. Among them, we feel free to be our imperfect selves, to engage unabashedly in the activities we enjoy, and to express our vulnerabilities by relying on our tribe for support. We feel comfortable investing our time and energy in the members of our tribe, and are equally comfortable allowing them to invest their resources in our development. The individuals who eventually become members of your unique tribe are out there in the wide world waiting for you. You are destined to find them, one by one, as you move through life. Sometimes your own efforts will put you in contact with your future tribe members. At other times, circumstances beyond your control will play a role in helping you connect with your tribe. If you look about you and discover that you are already allied with a wonderful and supportive tribe, remember that there are likely many members of your tribe you have not yet met. On the other hand, if you feel you are still living outside of your tribe, broadening your horizons can help you find your tribe members. However your life develops after you come together with your tribe, you can be assured that its members will stand at your side. On the surface, your tribe may seem to be nothing more than a loose-knit group of friends and acquaintances to whom you ally yourself. Yet when you look deeper, you will discover that your tribe grounds you and provides you with a sense of community that ultimately fulfills many of your most basic human needs.