We are all tribal. Science has shown pretty conclusively that we are most comfortable and happy when we are amongst a small group of people that we can relate to.
So, who is your tribe? I was a bit surprised (and not in a good way) to find out who mine was.
This weekend, I decided to go to a sports bar in our neighborhood to watch the hockey game. I don’t go there often, so I wasn’t surprised when I only knew two other people there. It did make me think, however, that family life and other activities have kept me pretty busy and that it is kind sad that I hardly knew anyone in a guys/sports setting like that.
Fast forward to this morning. I was scheduled for a short business trip. I arrived at the airport early enough to pop into the airport lounge for a quick latte and breakfast. In the lounge I immediately spotted six other people I knew, all jetting off for business travel. Is this my tribe? The denizens of the airport business class lounge.. who work too hard, see their families too infrequently and, die of heart attacks way too early.
It really made me think.