Community can be both beautiful and terrifying, healing and unfortunately, often our greatest source of pain.

So how do we navigate it when life falls apart?

Should we shy away and protect ourselves, vowing to not trust others and let them into our pain or lean in and risk potential hurt for the love, support and embrace we can find there?

My friend Lauren Gaskill is no stranger to pain or community (read more of her story here). As she dives into chapter 5 of my book Breathe Again, Find Community – Thriving is a Team Sportyou’ll discover why she vowed to never again go it alone.

Here’s Lauren …

Listen to me now, I need to let you know — you don’t have to go it alone.
 
I remember exactly where I was sitting when I first heard the lyrics to U2’s song “Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own.” In the middle of one of my life’s biggest trials, Bono’s words struck a chord with what my teenage heart had been experiencing. And in that moment, God used a song to confirm the truth of Ecclesiastes 4:12: A chord of three strands is not quickly broken.
 
From that day on, I made a vow to never try to do life on my own. As my friend, Niki Hardy, describes in her book Breathe Again: How to Live Well When Life Falls Apart, I slowly learned how to dance in community — how to step in to those around you and step out and find your “I Get It” tribe.
 
Thriving Is a Team Sport
 
In the past, when I tried fighting battles on my own, the enemy used every weapon in his arsenal to make me feel lonely, rejected and ashamed. But something beautiful happened when I began to open up to people around me.
 

Read the rest of Lauren’s post  HERE to find out how she began to dance in community and break out of simply “just getting by.”

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