During his third year of law school, my husband proposed to me in the basement of his parents’ house. After his intramurals football team, “The Big Subpoenas” (hey, it was better than “The Throbbing Subpoenas”), won their league championship – something he considered a good sign - he got down on one knee and presented me with a beautiful solitaire diamond ring. My excitement was only tempered by the fact that he was still more excited about winning the all-important flag football trophy than he was about our now-commenced nuptials planning period, otherwise known as our “engagement”. Me? I was just happy that after 5 years I was finally engaged to the man and on my way to becoming a kept woman.
As much fun as it was to plan for my wedding, I have to say I’m glad I have only had to do it once (Of course, if I were to ever get married again I would just go to Vegas. The only planning required there will be deciding if I play the slots or the craps table. But, I digress, and, don't worry dear, I have no plans whatsoever to get married again).
Wait, that’s not the type of “engagement” that I want to talk about today. What I want to discuss (well, write about. You can then offer feedback in the comments section therefore leading to a type of discussion…) is the importance of becoming “engaged” in your community.
I suppose “engage” is an antonym to “apathy”. When one is apathetic, he doesn’t care about what is going on around him. He has no opinion about his surroundings or his fellow humans or his life in general. Boring.
But, to be engaged? Ahhhh, THAT is living. Conversations with your loved ones about even the most mundane things can bring a smile to your face. Reading the newspaper to learn about local cultural or political events can provide enlightenment to an otherwise lackluster week. Attending a local sporting event can get the adrenaline flowing as you cheer for the hometown team. Volunteering for a committee can provide you the opportunity to lend your voice and ideas to help improve the overall quality of life for you and your neighbors.
Engagement: how YOU can make a difference in the world around you.
What are some ways you get involved in your local community? What is your favorite local pastime?