We all want to belong.

Don’t we?

The introvert, the extrovert, the shy and confident.

We need our own tribe,

of similar minds and pursuits.

We might not even know we have the need.

Most times it’s muted by life.

But it resides deep within us.

Human behavior is driven by the need to belong.

We hunger for exchanges of creative ideas,

for debates, for digging deep and understanding.

The need to fit in when younger,

with age becomes the need to belong.

It’s a powerful drive for all humans,

being part of a tribe,

one that speaks the same language we do.

The language of dancers, writers,

bakers, knitters.


This here is one of my tribes.

Thank you.

But it’s not the only one.

I move around in other groups of joy and wander.

Curiosity boundless.

Here is my writers and readers tribe.

And you’re invited to join:

A private, most quiet place.

For thinkers, readers, writers.


Do you have a tribe?

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10 responses to “Belonging

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  2. I love this✨✨🥂

  3. I have tribes, Silvia: my groups of friends — thought groups, soul groups; writers groups, including yours — Writers Wright on FB; musician friends and music lovers — music is my first love; the Smyrna Opera House, here in Delaware, where I chair the volunteer Guild; my blog; my fellow ballet dancers with whom my daughter and I studied for years; and I enjoy bringing my friends together, introducing to each other those who have not met and might enjoy each other. I welcome the exchange of information and ideas. That’s what we’re here to do.

    Music is the agent of socialization: e.g., José Antonio Abreu’s/Gustavo Dudamel’s El Sistema/Youth Orchestras (founded to combat poverty, get kids off the streets, raise cultural & humanities awareness); the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (founded by Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said in 1999) — both music organizations bringing together cultural understanding and pushing toward world peace; Yo-Yo Ma, collaborator with musicians of various genres, nationalities and ethnicities, a United Nations Messenger of Peace; and, not least, Bono, social justice activist. If people picked up violins instead of pistols, think how harmonious and beautiful the world would be. When you play music with others, you have to listen to them and imagine and strive for the possibilities. That’s power — of the individual and the tribe. Many of my friends are thinkers like you; that’s a tribe. Thank you for this. –Carol

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  5. Lovely post Silvia thank you. Yes I guess there is a longing to belong to a tribe or tribes of some sort.

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