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How is playing “lone ranger” working for you?

I’ve spent my entire professional career working with organizations where building community was job #1.  How is it that there are times even when we’re in groups that we feel alone?  What’s your experience of being part of something bigger than yourself and how can you contribute.

Last night I was listening to Leland Kaiser at the Denver chapter of the Association of Spirit at work.  I was listening very carefully to what Dr. Kaiser was saying and then he put into words what I’ve felt for a long time, he said the big question is “Are you in a collection of individuals or are you in a group?”

There is a huge distinction between the two and yet for the millions who are part of support groups, therapy groups, spiritual groups, etc. this question is often avoided.  I was thankful to have the words because I’ve always made that distinction, it’s asking what’s your personal, spiritual and psychological investment in yourself and the others you call your tribe.

Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto…so who do you have?  Who would you like to have in your life?  What group(s) do you feel and affinity for and how will you integrate instead of hanging out in a cocoon surrounded by others?


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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