I hear a lot of people talking about their inner circles these days. This is a group of people that serves as a support system. These are people who can be trusted, who can hang out, and are allowed to giggle at the “inside” jokes. When I was in junior high and high school they were called cliques. These days I hear them referred to as “Mains”.
Everyone has a desire to be a part of something—to be loved and to feel accepted by their peers. This is one of the primary reasons that social media is the machine that it is. Those that may have been burned, pushed away, or gone unnoticed now have a platform to present to the world in a way they see fit. Since they now have the ability to cast a bigger net they gain the approval they couldn’t find next door. When they find their approval ratings have gone down they can simply hit the “unfriend” button.
In the real world there is no unfriend button. Inner circles are getting smaller and smaller. People are getting their feelings hurt and concluding that they can only depend on themselves. They are throwing up the middle finger and singing “F” the world. This is not the way we are made up. We are meant to connect, and continue to do so in love!
I suggest we get away from this inner circle mentality and start expanding that circle as far and wide as humanly possible. Let’s choose to embrace others rather than ostracize them. Let’s choose to build people up rather than magnify their flaws as we are all flawed. Including others in the journey of life is the key to enjoying it. No man is an island unto himself. The bigger the circle the better!