Having a tribe is such a wonderful thing. Having many tribes that fit different areas of your life is even better. One dictionary definition of a tribe is : a class or set of persons, especially one with strong common traits or interests. I would like to take this one step further and add: A class or set of persons with common values and goals. Tribes can consist of family and friends, close associates and I am sure there would be other defining groups or definitions that you could think of but for me, this would be my definition of a modern tribe that relates to my life.
I have a few tribes that are in my life and love all of them. As we move through our lives, our tribes ebb and flow and change like a current because everything changes all the time.. Lives change, needs change, people change, so of course the Tribes also change.
Your family may be one tribe. I consider my family my core tribe. They are always there, always growing and changing and there for support when asked for help. They are the prime concern for me… my family tribe is the most important one and comes first. There is a bond with our family that, even if we don’t see each other often, if one member of our family has a need, we are always there for them. At the same time, everyone in our family has their own lives, their own families to take care of so they have their own tribe to be concerned about first as well. Like a Celtic knot, the loops are infinitely interchanging and separate and yet always connected.
I have a tribe of wonderful friends that I have known for many many years. We have seen each other though children, grandchildren, happiness, sadness, sickness and more. These are friends that we see as often as we can get together and occasionally all of us see each other at the same time .. of course, then it is usually a party or some special occasion. Of course we have had the brief moments in time that we had to gather for sad events, but always, the bond is there. The knowing that if any of us needed anything, the tribe would be there. Of course every person you connect with in your own tribe, has tribes of their own. It reminds me of Spirograph when we were kids.. making circles that would be never ending with more circles within and without.
My next tribe is a group of wonderful ladies that meets for coffee on Friday mornings. This tribe was born from a small group of people that used to meet for coffee many years ago on Friday mornings.. this group has morphed and changed a few times over the years and now has formed into this this wonderful group of women with common values, support and positive reinforcement. We laugh,we share, we talk, we support each other. We all are at different stages in our lives, some have independent businesses, some retired, some work, some pursuing new wonderful goals. Sometimes only a few of us can join for coffee, and others there is a huge roomful. I love that I can join with these wonderful women on this day and enjoy each other’s company. It lifts my spirit and mood for the week and I am thankful for all the wonderful people I meet as this tribe grows and changes. This tribe spreads out even further with each of us having our own separate lives, friends, family and other tribes that we connect with.
I now have a new tribe that is forming and growing in my new journey with Weight Watchers. We are all connected with a common goal. To live healthier lives through weight loss and eating healthy. We share our own journey with each other, we applaud each others’ success and support each others challenges. As I get to know more people, we realize our lives connect in other ways though common ground or people we know. I am excited to continue this journey with this tribe and grow those relationships and connections as well.
My life is blessed with so many amazing people. Evidently we are all connected by 6 degrees of separation. Such a wonderful web we weave as humans.