Words like 'neighbourhood' and 'community' have lost their meaning over time. The joys of living in a neighbourhood where people care for each other and live like one big family cannot be explained in words. The worst part is the fact that such families do not exist anymore. We can either recall them in our faint memories or read about them in books. What else can you expect from life in the fast lane, where people are too busy participating in the race called life? However, I feel if we make an approach we can create the very same helpful and caring neighbourhood for ourselves, as well as for everyone around all over again. Here are a few tips which would help you all stay motivated.
Arrange weekly get-togethers
I agree to take out time for community or neighbourhood get-together can be quite difficult, but taking out a couple of hours each weekend doesn't sound too much. I know we all have plans for weekends to go out and have fun, but if we try we can definitely carve out some time from our tight schedules. It's all a matter of choice. You may feel a bit odd the first few times, but as you keep meeting each other week after week, you too will start liking it. Once you develop a liking for these meetings, you too will feel like contributing to the welfare of your neighbourhood.
You can even call professional speakers once in a month or two to join your get-togethers. It will be a good motivation for everyone in the neighbourhood to maintain good relations with each other. Events like these would help instil the feelings of compassion and empathy in everyone's heart and people would be looking forward to attend these every time. These speakers are quite inspirational and would help people dust off the mean and self-centred feelings and to live like good neighbours.
Be caring and helpful
Having a good neighbourhood is all about caring for each other and helping each other in times of crisis. Life becomes easy when we know we have people who care about us and would stand there with us through thick and thin. You don't need to go out of your way to be a good neighbour, simple gestures like dropping your neighbours at the airport or picking them up on their return from a vacation; sharing home cooked food with each other are more than sufficient. Visiting those who are sick or injured in the neighbourhood does spread a good and healthy feeling around. The best thing about doing all this is that when you look after others, you too get looked after. You won't even realize how many people would come to help you in your bad days. Someone has rightly said that whatever you do completes a full circle and comes back to you in the end.
To love and to be loved is the greatest blessing one can ever have. Go ahead, love others and be good, life will seem more beautiful than you actually thought it to be.
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