We’ve been talking a lot about community on the Active & Connected Families podcast recently. How getting connected to our community can help us through trauma, that working mothers are struggling with burnout because we have less people to rely on and how social psychology researchers are highlighting the relationship between our individualistic Western culture and feelings of isolation, anxiety and depression.
So this week, I have three young men with me that are true experts on community. Hussein Osman, Said Osman, and Ayat Mohamed are all refugees from Somalia and their Somali Bantu culture is one of inclusiveness, helping and wanting everyone to succeed. I know this because they’ve let me into their family and they are a part of mine. They are my children’s babysitters, their cousins, their uncles and to me they’re my friends or my nephews or my sons. I don’t have the right word for our relationship but I know that it is one of family.
“Community is helping people before they ask for help”
– Hussein Osman
I’ve felt the differences with the American culture and their more collectivist communal stance over the past six years. I truly feel that my family’s relationships with these young men are essential to our mental health. We have developed a true community that is rare in America these days.
So this conversation is about us putting ideas around community into words. Take a listen. I know you’ll learn a lot from this episode, just like I did.
In this episode on community, we cover:
- What community means to them;
- Cultural differences and what we can learn from them;
- Why it is important to make friends with people who are different from you & what this looks like;
- Being intentional about getting to know people;
- And so, so much more!
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