What kind of neighbors do you have? Do you have loving, kind and thoughtful neighbors? Or do you have the neighbor from Hell? Do you even know your neighbors? Why is it that we go in and out of our houses, apartments, businesses and have no thought of our neighbors. We are not interested in them. They are not a part of our family or friends so we don’t count them worthy.
Perhaps that is not you but there are neighbors who treat their neighbors like that. And there are some neighbors that no matter how you extend yourself they don’t want to go any farther.
We have this one neighbor who is always thinking of us. When he cuts his grass he rides over and cuts our front yard. He goes fishing all the time. Upon his return he shares some of his catch with us. Anything he grows in his garden he gives, especially if he knows it is something we like.
At first I tried to reciprocate but that would just make him do more. So I stopped trying and learned to say “thank you” and to be appreciative of his goodness.
Too often we give to get. By his continuous giving I got the message that he desired to give to us and was not looking for anything in return. No matter how hard we tried to give something back to him, it would make him come back with something else.
I was like that. I was not comfortable with others giving me anything, it made me uncomfortable. Perhaps he may have the same issue, and he needs to be able to work through it. In the meantime we will continue to be open, friendly and converse with him and be a good neighbor right back
It is easy to live alone day in and out, keeping to ourselves but that could change overnight with some tragic event. So why wait on a tragedy to learn to love your neighbor, why not practice it now?
A few tips I learned from my neighbor about being a neighbor:
1. It is better to give than to receive
2. Communicate: speak and listen
3. Be genuinely concerned
4. Look for opportunities to serve
5. Inquire about their family, kids, wife, work
6. Watch out for their property
7. Do kind things
No matter what type neighbors you have, be to them what you would want them to be to you, even if they are not nice people and reject what you do.
Let me know what you think.
Keep the Faith,