Neighboring Tip of the Week - Reflect on the neighboring experiments you’ve attempted during the last three months. Journal your thoughts or share them in a conversation with a friend.
We reflect because if we only do something once and never think about it again, it is less likely to stick. By reflecting on our neighboring experiences, we not only have a better chance of doing them again but also have a chance to explore why some of them failed. As we look at what worked and what didn’t, keeping in mind that we are free to fail, we will also have a chance to learn more about ourselves!
Step 1: Look back over the neighboring tips:
Week 28 - Attend a meeting for one of your community organizations, and meet someone new.
Week 29 - Host a fall block party.
Week 30 - 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.
Week 32 - Introduce yourself to someone on your block you have not met yet.
Week 33 - Have a picnic in a neighborhood park.
Week 34 - Join Nextdoor.com, or check out your neighborhood’s Facebook page.
Week 35 - Send a Trick or Treat invitation to the parents on your street.
Week 36 - Meet your trash collector - offer them a cup of coffee.
Week 37 - Find a way to thank a neighbor who is a good neighbor.
Week 38 - Invite a neighbor to your Thanksgiving dinner.
Week 41 - Visit with your mail carrier - offer them a word of thanks and maybe learn something about them.
Week 42 - Host a Christmas Cookie Party.
Week 43 - Ask a neighbor you trust to watch over your house while you are away.
Step Two: Reflect
What neighboring experiment was your favorite and why?
Was there one practice at which you really failed? Even if you just failed to attempt the practice, that counts. What might that failure teach you about yourself?
As you look over the list, are there one or two tips that would be beneficial to try again now that you may be more comfortable with your neighbors?