Daily Bread (Week 2)
There is something very sweet and inspiring about a relatively diverse group of people bonding over their engagement with a common issue. It happens all kinds of groups (i.e. cancer and grief support groups, non-profit boards, committees, and 12 step programs of all sorts). I should not have been at all surprised that it is happening in my weight management group, even if the personal sharing has been somewhat limited given last night was only our 3rd meeting. I was a bit surprised, however, at how quickly the mutual rapport is developing. Maybe it is partly because we have all committed to journeying together for at least 82 weeks. That commitment is probably a key factor as well as is having a common mission. We want/need the group to jell well so we can all be successful. We are rapidly becoming a “We” and not merely a collection of individuals.
This is a spiritual exercise, coming to a deep realization that we are connected, that we are not alone, in our struggles or in our triumphs. In Unitarian Universalism, this is our seven principle. “We covenant to affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”
This connection is what many people are seeking when they join a religious community. Commitment to a common mission is what makes for a successful group and a successful church.
Success can be defined partly as transformation, both individual and collective, a transformation that goes much deeper that what the scale says or how gorgeous a church building is. It is what is inside that matters.
(My stats for last week – down 5 pounds, drank 6 1/2 gallons of water and exercised for a total of 365 minutes, mainly swimming.)
Rock on, rock on.