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Community: Molly Sumridge, M.A., CDBC 

 May 9, 2019

What makes a group a community? You've been a part of groups before that didn't feel like communities, and you've also had that feeling of connection that's a hallmark of community. Where's the line? How can you foster a greater sense of community with others.

A true community makes you feel welcomed, supported, acknowledged, and seen. It's a safe place, a place where you can be yourself without pretense or apology.

I invited Molly Sumridge to talk with me about community. She runs a popular facebook page (or rather, community!) called the Humanity of Pet Professionals​​​.

Molly Sumridge

A community meets emotional needs. The members lift one another up, share burdens, and provide encouragement.

A community also helps you meet practical needs. There are people who will share ideas and lend a hand when you need one.

Being part of a community gives you a broader view of life. It offers you new perspectives, helps you develop more nuanced ideas, and keeps your focus on the greater good.

Molly and I had a great discussion covering topics like how to foster a sense of community with the people you work with, how to make it comfortable for others to share their struggle, and how to share your own truth--the good, the bad, and the ugly. All of it is part of real life.

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