We received a nice number of comments on our last post on Neighboring. That tells me that like me, you are hungry for a focus on “Let’s practice being a good neighbor and let’s expect that our neighbors will be good to us.” Remember the old 60’s mantra: “Let peace begin with me!”
The Neighboring post got me thinking about growing up. We all know that there were many things that weren’t “right” in whatever generation we grew up in, but always there were some “very right” things as well. Good neighboring was a positive thing in my generation. My mother may have been angry and hurt by a neighbor, but when their car got stuck in the snow, my dad still went outside with a shovel. When our dog was hit by a truck, our neighbor who hated the dog, sent over a freshly baked pie.
We may have felt uncomfortable attending a funeral held in a denomination that wasn’t our own, but we made sure there was plenty of food on the table when our neighbors returned. And even then the neighborhood bully was invited to the birthday party (albeit watched closely).
Don’t get me wrong, were we judgmental? Of course we were. But we understood the importance of and the expectation of action, and we were not distanced from the notion that we needed the neighborhood and the neighborhood needed us. I feel certain that we still know that, and that we still want to be that.
I worry we are letting the noise get to us. We know better. Sometimes it’s the little things.
Next week, we will turn our attention to thriving in this ever changing, but often still really the same, world in which we live.
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