Sharing with Your Neighbors

Many of our relationships can be fleeting or do not deepen past a superficial level, yet these connections, as trivial as they can seem, often have the potential to grow into something much more essential. When we crave community, we should focus our attention on these casual acquaintances. To forge a bond with neighbors, we need to work together with them so that we have a context from which to begin a more mature relationship. Sharing tasks that are part of living can be a wonderful way to become a part of a larger community, make new friends, and lighten the workloads of everyone involved.

Creating a network of neighbors who agree to pool certain resources and share daily duties can be as easy as taking the initiative. If you are willing to take the first step by reaching out to the individuals and families who share your building or your street, you will likely find that others are receptive to the notion. Starting small, with just a few people, can help you orchestrate a smoothly running system. Together, you will need to decide what chores you want to do communally and what resources can be shared. Ideas for community sharing are child care, errands, housework, keeping a joint garden, cooking for the group, and carpooling. For instance, if you cook large meals for four neighbors once a week, you take off four nights after that. As you grow to trust one another, you can begin adding new members to your evolving network or introducing new tasks to your shared roster of duties.

Actions speak louder than words, so working closely with neighbors to ensure the well-being of the group can be a wonderful way to build a sense of community in your locale. Not everyone you approach will be open to the idea of becoming a part of a network of sharing. As you connect with those who do appreciate the merits of such a system, you will discover that others are just as eager as you are to create interpersonal connections that are defined by substance.

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5 Responses to “Sharing with Your Neighbors”


  1. 1 manchesterflickchick August 16, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Wonderful idea. Sometimes trying to be friendly with neighbours can come across as being nosey but if you have a shared need or responsibility, that’s the perfect context in which to chat to each. My friend had the idea her neighbours could get together and apply for lottery/goverment funding for a community garden. It’s brought them all together. What’s your common interest with your neighbours hon?

  2. 2 Mary Contrary August 16, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I wish I had any. I live on a dorm estate that’s clinically dead through the day, and people move in and out so often I’ve lost any sense of track.

  3. 3 manchesterflickchick August 16, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    A dorm estate? Like uni students or flats? I’m the same with most of the neighbours on my street, can’t keep up, so no point bothering. My Bloke lives in flats in a converted posh old house where you pass them everyday, which can be nice or awkward…

  4. 4 Mary Contrary August 16, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    More like the kind of place where people return for dinner and sleep. Zero community. Even the village hall is nearly a mile away. Being a SAHM among a bunch of career people can be -really- awkward.

  5. 5 manchesterflickchick August 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Damn, I can see why! You really will have to ‘get your self out there’ as they like to say. Well, having a blog is a lovely sociable thing you are doing :0)


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