Health & Wellness Article - July 2012
by Marge Coalman, EdD, Touchmark Vice President, Wellness & Programs
“Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed.” —Vaclav Havel poet, playwright, Czech president
Isn’t it interesting that in a world dominated by persistent and invasive communication that it can be a challenge just to know and connect with our neighbors and friends? We have tweets, texts, instant messaging, blogs, Facebook—and more contacts and content than most of us would ever want to experience. And much of the information is disturbing: economic unrest, global insecurity, rising crime rates, and more.
Research and practical experience highlight the importance of having a social network of people who share values and goals. Connections like this can actually serve as an antidote to the confusion and chaos of uncertainty, political bias, and economic instability.
The goal of Touchmark communities is to foster connectivity, well-being, shared interests, and opportunities by creating “intentional communities.” People live in neighborhoods with neighbors and friends. Activities and events are scheduled and promoted based on the interests, strengths, and skills of current residents. Like-minded residents establish friendships, share projects, and enjoy companionship.
Intentional community, though, requires participation and work. Creating and celebrating. Sharing. To get involved and contribute ideas for your community, contact a member of Touchmark’s Full Life team. Living the Full Life includes being a part of an intentional community—beginning with each individual’s commitment to the greater good of all!