Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Simple Pleasures: The Art of Being Neighborly

Happy Tuesday to You!

I subscribe to Houzz and receive their e mails twice weekly. This article reminded me of the time when I was a newly wed and was personally shown several thoughtful and much appreciated acts of neighborly kindness that eased my nervousness of being the "new kid on the block."  
When we moved into our neighborhood we were greeted with what was called the "Welcome Wagon."  This volunteer group gave out packets of information to new move ins with helpful listings of doctors, churches, police and emergency numbers, etc.  My family and I was so grateful for this act of neighborly service.  We even had neighbors who introduced themselves by making a delicious, warm meal for us and offering their help in anyway that we needed.  Because of these great examples I knew that I wanted to reciprocate by helping any neighbor who was moving in or out.  Being involved with our neighbors helped to build friendships that still thrive today. We watch out for each other when one goes on a vacation or needs help in an family emergency.  Yes, there are some who are more private and we respect that, but we still continue to be friendly and watch out for and include each other.  When you stop and think about what the alternative is, no one wants that.  Being neighborly and building bonds of community based on friendship is, I think, one of life's highest art forms.  
Enjoy the journey. HSH
“One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn't as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps help them find self-confidence and inner healing.”
― Jean Vanier, Community And Growth

Learn the heartfelt gestures that go a long way in creating a welcoming community.

Being part of a welcoming community makes daily life so much more pleasant. Whether you are already friends with your neighbors or want to get to know them better, these ideas for simple parties and heartfelt gestures will help strengthen those bonds. Please add your own stories of neighborliness in the Comments.

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