Do you live in a neighborhood? If so, do you know your neighbors? One of our neighbors who has been a part of our community for almost 30 years moved away recently which reinforces for me that life changes. In our neighborhood, we love our neighbors and have each others’ backs. From raising our kids together, to gathering for book club, to playing bunco, we’ve been through a lot.
As a connected community, we gather in the middle of the cul-de-sac with snacks and beverages to spend time together. Over the years, one neighbor has built us benches, while a few others have brought out their tables and chairs to make it a comfy gathering place. This is where our kids learned to ride bikes and drive cars, where we as families have laughed together and shared life. When there’s a death in the family of a neighbor, we send flowers; when there’s a new baby arriving on the block, we send gifts. And sometimes, when illness hits, we even bake bread or make soup to share.
The more I expand my horizons and see the culture of other neighborhoods, I often ask myself, “What happened?” Where I live, we share life with our neighbors the same as when I was a kid; these days, with hectic schedules and life to juggle, it isn’t what it used to be. This week, if you don’t know your neighbors, I encourage you to get to know them by spreading some neighborly love. You never know how you might positively impact someone in your community by starting with something as simple as a friendly, “Hello, how are you?”
After 23 years in our home, I look back and can’t imagine life without our neighbors. Are you ready to open your home and heart to getting to know yours, too?
What does living your exceptional life look like to you?
What do you love most about your neighborhood?
How long have you lived in your neighborhood? What’s your best memory with neighbors?
What can you do this week to get to know one neighbor better?
On this world Kindness day what are 3 things you will do today to spread Kindness all over the world or just in your Neighborhood?
plural noun: neighbors
a person living near or next door to the speaker or person referred to.
“our garden was the envy of the neighbors”
3rd person present: neighbors
(of a place or thing) be situated next to or very near (another).
“the square neighbors the old quarter of the town”