Community: a word I always thought meant neighborhood. But I have discovered that community consists of any group of people brought together by a common interest or need. It doesn’t matter what neighborhood, town or or state they live in. Now that technology connects us we don’t even have to live in the same country. Communities take on all interests and concerns:
Rock Star wannabees, Tse Tse Fly survivors and Save The Polka Dot Bikini supporters are communities. Any service committee.
Sports fans, birders and historians have their own groups. Farmers, teachers and photographers. And artists. And cooks. Each has a group and I’ll bet that each of their groups has stereotypical “types.”
At least it’s ben true of every group I have ever been part of. Think of the groups in your lives: book clubs, exercise classes, religious groups. Consider who fits into these categories. First impressions are always interesting, especially if you compare them to what you discover later on..
Does each group have:
1) The Complainer
2) The Optimist
3) The Pessimist
4) The Idea Initiator
5) The Drama Queen or King
6) The Comic
7) The Bossy One
There’re everywhere and they’re universal.
Every group I’ve joined has had it’s share of a token person representing each group.
I am forever searching for an interest group that does not have a complainer or a bossy one. And come to think of it, please remove the pessimist too. And as much as I like optimists, if it’s a Pollyanna I run the other way; too much sunshine is more than I can manage. The comic can be fun, but people who endlessly quip can get on my nerves. That leaves the Drama king or queen and the Idea Initiator.
As I see it Drama Kings and Queens don’t know when to stop.
And I am already the Idea Initiator.
Come to think of it, I don’t want, like or accept committees. I’ll just handle the job myself.