We get by with a little help from our friends.

It takes a village.

Be part of something bigger than yourself.

Whatever your political, religious, or social beliefs it seems safe to say that almost all of us believe that communities count. While we all recognize communities can be more than areas defined by geography, the communities in which we choose to work and live are certainly the communities in which we invest the most.

In the past few days and weeks we have seen numerous instances of the selflessness and power of human beings who have worked together to help in moments that can only be described as devastating and life changing. Tragedies often bring out the best in people. During these times we realize the fragility of life, and how important it is for all of us, regardless of gender, race, profession, beliefs, etc. to work together to sustain and build our communities.

The world in which we live is very complex, and our communities should be places where we feel safe and have a sense of belonging. Building and sustaining strong communities is a daily need, and requires the work of many. Often those who continually play significant roles in their communities are unsung heroes. They are the the ones we all count on to show up and move us all forward.

The events of the past few weeks have caused me to reflect on the importance of giving back regularly and encouraging others to do so as well. Hopefully, our daily attention will ensure our communities continue to grow and prosper, and we will be better prepared to face adversity.