Belonging

We all belong somewhere. Be it a neighborhood, town, city, or what have you.  That is our identity.  Interestingly, people relocate due to employment opportunity or other reasons.  Some carry their identity with them while others transplant like a chameleon.

Whichever “community” I belong to (and I use the term in the broadest sense), I engage and contribute.  Because as an INTJ, I derive meaning in relationship from purpose.  A common purpose bonds me and the community whether it’s work, home, or social affiliation.

Not contributing, to me, would equate no purpose, and I would resign. Groucho Marx said, “I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member”.  I would say,  “I don’t care to belong to any club that does not have me as a contributor”.

When applied on a personal level, some may view my definition of belonging too practical. Does it have to be a purpose, they ask?  Couldn’t it be simply co-existing, in time or place? For me, it does. Otherwise, it is just a label without meaning.

Where (or what/ whom) do you see yourself belong?

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