I have wonderful neighbors. I’m not just saying that, I have the best neighbors. They are kind, caring, and help to look out for each other, and us. And, we in return get to help and look out for them. I hopped on facebook this morning, just part of my normal morning routine, to check in on some virtual neighbors. Two happily celebrated anniversaries, one birthday, and a heartfelt prayer request later, I want to celebrate the happy news of those who have shared their pictures and joys and pray for peace and comfort for those grieving.
Neighbors are so much more than the people living in the house to the either side of us, or an electronic “friends” list. They are people who when we reach out and get to know a bit, become a neighborhood. A neighborhood that works to remain solidly in support of each other becomes a community. Cities made of communities are going to function better. They are more peaceful, cohesive, and are able to do more for each other and neighboring communities.
How do we get there? We start taking care to keep our neighbors in our perspective. It doesn’t have to be anything terribly complex. Simply keep it in mind enough to think through possible needs. If there is a heavy snow, catch them with a happy surprise by snow blowing the driveway just because. If there is an illness, grab a meal and drop it off. Extra produce from the garden that cannot be eaten, drop off a bag of the fresh goodies just because. Meet at the fence, laugh and talk over those daily neighborhood things – the children jumping on the trampoline, the dog in the yard, the gardens, and the weather.
Nothing too difficult. Nothing that requires a committee or a huge plan. Just keep the perspective wide enough to include the neighbors. It can make your perspective grow tremendously.