A few years ago I read an article in a running magazine about the concept of a “Tribe”. As soon as I read the words, they resonated … and I smiled knowing that I understood.
Like anything in life, we can take a concept and create whatever we want from it. For me .. the concept of a Tribe has always been an evolution. A decade ago I was introduced to the mindset of a personal “Board of Directors” …which I applied for many years until I read about the concept of a Tribe, which I liked much better than Board of Directors —- because it implied people are there beside you versus there above you.
So what … who … is a Tribe?
Sometimes … your Tribe is your group of childhood friends that remember you as the geeky, not-so-polished, perhaps a little awkward kid … who wanted to hang out with you because he/she was just as geeky, with as much room for improvement as you!
Sometimes … your Tribe is a group of people that share your passion – for the things you love and support … be it a sports team, a political movement or a personal commitment to a cause that extends beyond your individual capacity to make a difference.
Sometimes .. your Tribe is your morning run group … the men and women that are there at “O’dark hundred hours”, who keep you company as you wake up and face your greatest fears … or celebrate your smallest of successes.
Sometimes … your Tribe is simply your friend(s) that have your back. Period. They are there for you no matter what —- and they call, and text, and they show up like no one else ever could. Now those are good people.
Sometimes … your Tribe can be a surprise — A person that you just met, that you share an amazing connection with and have endless amounts of things in common … Or it could be a new idea that takes shape and leads you into directions you didn’t know existed. It could simply be something that thing makes you go … huh?! … I like that … I want to be a part of that … I want to shape that … Perhaps I want to lead it. Or maybe following is perfect too – but I want to make sure I’m not missing it!!
I believe your TRIBE is exactly what — and who — and how you want it to be … you might have to go looking for it … or it might fall into your lap. Either way works …. beautifully.
We can do a lot on our own, but with a Tribe, we are unstoppable.
Thanks to my Tribe. The concept is a growing evolution but you are all a constant rock of stability in my life. >> You all know who you are.
Who is your TRIBE?