When you make a difference to one life, you make a difference to a community. I found myself heavily distracted in tonight during yin yoga. I got to thinking about 'community'. When I joined my yoga studio in Carnegie, the welcome felt like red carpet had been rolled out. I did some classes in this dodgy looking studio that was formerly a brothel. I attended some workshops, joined in on some lectures and found myself part of a community. I am inspired by the awesomeness of the young people I have met here. If they are our future leaders, we are going to be ok. A new studio opened up in Templestowe, so I went to the opening night and took my friend Marie, who has now passed over from cancer. She was welcomed by this community as they patiently waited for her to slowly climb the stairs. Aimee (founder) made sure she was comfortable on a chair with a cushion. This beautiful community engaged with her. She felt so welcome. A community is a self organised network of people with shared values, goals, interests. It's what happens in a yoga studio, a church, a school and a neighborhood. It's where people look out for each other. They care. It's the 60 year old mother of five I met when our girls were 4 years old at kindergarten, offering to drive my parents to Peter Mac for Dad's treatment or take mum shopping. That's community. It's powerful. All these little things add up to change the world. There's a bit we can all do. I work in a building that houses a mental health service. They help people with mental health issues to integrate into communities. Sometimes, they hang around outside the front door smoking or talking to themselves. And we judge them. Because somehow, we got the golden ticket and think we are better. One in five Australians have fair dinkum mental health issues. No space for judgement. A caring community will show compassion and love. Ignorance has us judging. Radio personality Meshel Laurie experienced fat shaming by trolls on social media. She named and shamed them right back and regretted what she had done. She stated that "happy people with great lives don't fat shame strangers on social media. Sad, lonely, isolated people do." In future, she will show them compassion. She made a public apology on The Project, read by the show host. Cool eh? Reckon she has a rock solid sense of individuals in a community and how that plays out in the world. Big picture thinker she is.