The house across the street has been abandoned for more than a year and with our recent wet weather, the lawn looked like a jungle. Since we’ve seen an increase in the number of wild and stray animals (possums are SCARY!), the Mister and I paid the neighborhood jack leg to mow the lawn.
He did a shoddy, jack leg kind of job. But that’s expected when he’s bumming a smoke and trash bags from you to do the job.
Our mini gift to the neighborhood combined with an article from Dr. Charles Stanley’s July issue of In Touch has me pondering what I can do to become a better neighbor.
- Pray. The power of God is awesome if I open myself up to His plan.
- Say hello. Bubbalicious always says it doesn’t cost anything to open your mouth and smile.
- Get involved. Attend community functions and meetings. You never know who you may meet.
- Sit outside once in a while. Sitting on your front step gives you an idea of the players in the neighborhood and lets people know you are there.
- Reach out to those in need. You don’t necessarily have to be an ATM or food cupboard, but you can shovel snow, pick up trash and yes, mow an abandoned property.
- Know you neighbors. Much vandalism and crime can be prevented if you KNOW who lives in your area.
- Keep your own place neat.
Those are just a few ways you can be a good neighbor. It can indeed be a beautiful day in the neighborhood.