Lainie at “Headspace” has published an article written by her husband called “Everything I learned about being ‘missional’ I learned at an outdoor rave“. Many of these nuggets of wisdom are very beneficial to people who are trying to live in community with one another. Consider these:
Everyone will forget to bring something they need. Everyone will remember to bring something someone else needs, even if they aren’t trying to.
Donâ€™t spend all your time in one tent.
Telling other people they should dance is a bad way of getting them to dance. Dancing is a good way of getting other people to dance.
Sometimes, someone will overdo things. If you feel so euphoric that you donâ€™t see someone who is overdoing things, then that person is probably you.
Everyone who brings their dog will be astonished at how quickly all such dogs form a “dog society” and form a gleeful marauding pack. Remember that people are not so different, for better or for worse.
Gather firewood and bring it to the campfires of people you donâ€™t know, especially ones on the verge of going out.
Keeping things underground and word-of-mouth is a great way of screening out fake people who would turn the experience into Like Just Another Club, Except Outside.
The large green laser down at the end of the campsite thatâ€™s shooting through all the campfire smoke is also hitting clouds and generating UFO reports among the locals. No amount of planning can entirely prevent being misunderstood.
Bad weather has a way of separating the wheat from the chaff. The people whose feet are caked with mud, whose makeup is running horribly, and whose clothes are soaked through are probably worth meeting, because they are the ones who will help push your car out of a rut when itâ€™s time to go home.
I hope you were able to see some of the community metaphors in these snippets. If so, share with us what you’ve learned about living in community – either from the sayings above, or from your own experience.