Neighboring Tip of the Week - Read a book in your front yard. Or, if you see a neighbor working on a project outside, go visit with them, and offer to help.
This week’s neighboring experiment is adjustable for both more introverted people and more extroverted people. Our Neighboring Movement staff contains both, so we have seen first hand how each personality type can neighbor differently, and beautifully.
For the more introverted people, read a book in your front yard. Allow yourself to be present to your neighbors by sitting on your front porch. Take in the beauty you see in your neighborhood. Give a smile, a wave, or even a good morning/evening to any neighbors passing by. Remember, reading your book is simply the vessel that gives you the chance to neighbor. If your experiment goes well, you might not even make it through a chapter.
For the more extroverted people, if you see a neighbor working on a project outside, go visit with them, and offer to help. You can drive or walk around your neighborhood, and keep an eye out for a neighbor who might be working on a project. If you see someone, stop to visit, and ask if they would like some help. Be prepared for them to say no, but do not let the fear of rejection stop you from asking. Remember, in the Neighboring Movement, you are free to fail!
Really want a challenge? Switch these experiments. If you are a more introverted person, attempt to find a neighbor who is working on a project outside, go visit with them, and offer to help. If you are a more extroverted person, crack open a book on your front porch. Comfort zones only limit us if we refuse to leave them.