- a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.
- a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
Beyond the obvious direct influence of family on our lives, the communities in which we find ourselves have an often overlooked, but equally meaningful impact on our lives…and yes, our health. For example; when I worked, as a single young man in my 20’s, for Porsche in Dallas, I drove countless European sports cars, frequented “The West End” (vaguely similar to Omaha’s Old Market), and generally did what I want, when I wanted. Now as a 37 year old husband, father and business owner, I only occasionally have the opportunity to ride in the type of cars I used to take for granted. I never go out at night (nor would I really care to), I spend the vast majority of my time in the gym, and my wife and I must call a babysitter whenever we might want to go out.
You may not be able to choose your family, but you can always choose your communities…and I don’t just mean the town you live in either. Each time you join a gym, car club, church, sports league, etc… you join a different community. The influences of these smaller communities, as well as the actual community in which you live, are immeasurable! Don’t believe me? Join a local running or cycling club. You’ll likely find your aerobic capacity increasing and your waistline decreasing within just a few weeks or months! Conversely if you join a social group geared toward dining at restaurants around town, don’t be surprised if you have to loosen your belt a notch.
I’m very thankful to be raising our boys in Elkhorn. The sense of community that we feel here is like no other place I’ve lived. From mass at St. Patrick’s to preschool at Westridge, and from Dairy Chef to Common Ground, our little sub-communities within our larger community of Elkhorn…and our overall community in Omaha, leave us feeling very blessed.
Take care of yourself and of your community. Love your community and your community will love you back. And don’t forget to look for us at the Elkhorn Days parade tomorrow! (Just another fun tradition of this wonderful community.)
Yours in health,
President & CEO