This is day 10 (&11) in a 31 day series on Living Boldly. To read the other posts, go here. Welcome!
I have hopes for my neighborhood. I want to know my neighbors, their kids, and their stories. We may not end up best friends, but I want to feel some sense of community.
I’ve had fears, too.
Will they think I’m weird if I just show up with cinnamon bread? Or stop by to say hi while we’re out taking a walk?
Can I actually ask her to borrow an egg when we’ve only talked a couple times? Do people do that here?
So for me, living boldly in my ‘hood is taking the initiative to get to know my neighbors despite fears about how my initiative is received.
Simple Encouragement to Get to Know Your Neighbors
If you’ve ever had similar thoughts, here’s some encouragement from my (free!) eBook, The Homemaker’s Manifesto:
Definitely on the “you can’t change it so you might as well embrace it” list, you are stuck with your neighbors—for better or worse.
So you might as well get to know them.
At the very least, you’ll want to know them well enough to be able to ask to borrow an egg/pinch of chili powder/diaper, right?
(All real-life examples).
At the most, you could start a life-changing relationship just by saying hello. So, reach out to them! Stop by with a treat to share and a friendly smile.
Depending on how folks roll in your neck of the woods, you might be swimming upstream against culture, but who cares?
You are where you are for a purpose but only for a season. Your neighbors could very well be a large part of that purpose.
Do you know your neighbors? If so, how did you get to know them?
P.S., you might also want to check out my blogging-friend Emily’s series, 31 Days of Gentleness for the Rest of Us. It compliments a series on boldness well :).