September 25, 2009, Newsletter Issue #311: Building relations with neighbors

Tip of the Week

Ever wonder why you don´t have friendly neighbors? Hmmm...Ok, they´re/you´re new to the area; they´re noisy; I don´t think I´d like them; they´re of a different culture; they have teen-agers; I can´t be bothered....say what?? C´mon, it´s time to break the ice. If they are new, take them a pie or cake and welcome them to the neighborhood. If they´re noisy, strike up a friendly conversation as soon as you can, and ´just-happen-to-mention´ how some of the noise disturbs your rest that you need, adding that you bet they weren´t even aware of the noise. You say you don´t like them...how´d you come to that conclusion if you don´t really know them? Get to know them! They´re of a different culture....so? What better way to broaden your knowledge than to make friends with people of other cultures? Don´t say you´re too old to learn...uh..uh..won´t take that excuse; start now to build this relationship. Hmmm...they have teen-agers. Well, now, aren´t you lucky! Bake some cookies and share with them. Or give them a good book you think they´d like. My teen-age neighbors are the first to help me unload my groceries from the car. They check on me everytime they don´t see me for a day. One put my outdoor grill together for me. Need I say more? If you can´t be bothered, you´ll remain lonely; you´ll never know the wonderful neighbors you have. No one knows how loving and friendly you can be unless you make that first step. Just DO it! GO!

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