Making Good Neighbors
Living next door to someone doesn't make you a neighbor. It makes you the stranger
next door! One of the great opportunities we have in our communities is the chance to
build real, meaningful relationships with the people who live closest to us.
While I understand the desire for privacy, I think it's important we realize that regular,
helpful communication with our neighbors makes us both safer and paves a smooth
road for difficult conversations we might face with our neighbors in the future.
It doesn't take much to start off the right way. Consider leaving a nice note in their
mailbox, a small “thank you” gift for looking out for the neighborhood, or some other
“olive branch” act that will build rapport.
Small gestures such as a nice note about landscaping, an invitation to a potluck, or an
“all hands on deck” community improvement project allow us to get to know our
neighbors. This is vital when you consider the people around you are the most likely to
spot smoke in a fire, clue you in to suspicious activity, and have the opportunity to
share vital local information.
What's more, if you build a positive base with your neighbors, when the time comes to
have a difficult conversation (such as a nuisance dog, kids running amok, or intrusive
lighting issues), you'll have a buffer of mutual respect and goodwill to draw on.
If your opening conversation with a neighbor is a complaint, you're setting yourself up
for a long, antagonistic relationship. Who wants to live next to that?
I think a civil community depends upon our connection to our neighbors. We all benefit
when we depend on and trust one another.
Lynne Van EckExit King Realtylynnevaneck@gmail.com
Author:Kathy Toonder Phone: 941-544-7270 Dated: April 16th 2014 Views: 1,128 About Kathy: I enjoy walking the warm sandy beaches, swimming and watching the magnificent sunsets on Florida’s...
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