We all need community – a place where we feel safe and supported.
Belonging to a group gives us a sense of identify and higher purpose. There is power in the understanding that we are part of something bigger than ourselves. Our religious community lifts our spirit through fellowship; in a support group, we meet others who have been through, and understand, our struggle. Nineteen years ago, feeling battered and broken, I walked into a 12-step room. A sign on the wall said “You are not alone”. An hour later, I walked out with a pocket full of phone numbers…and hope.
So I wondered…do birds and wildlife thrive in communities?
I turned to Google to find out. Well, what do you know? Oxford University released a report today on the social networks of birds. Male birds that exhibit ‘shy’ social behavior are much more likely to join flocks of birds with a similar personality than their bold male counterparts, The research team found that birds of a feather do indeed flock together.
Here are a few communities of birds:
We are all social animals, seeking meaningful connections. Find your community and know you belong.