“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow-men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” – Herman Melville
Recently I read about an idea that a small neighbourhood were planning to do. At a designated home, all the neighbours were invited to attend and address the needs in the local area that were not being met. Together, with their various Careers and resources each could offer, they were going to work on resolving these issues.
We all want to belong and feel we have a purpose in life. These small connections to reach out and become aware of each other and our community, give us meaning and a feeling of worth. So many of our neighbours are disconnected from society and feel isolated and alone in their pain. How we respond on this small-scale to each other, is what will make the difference in our lives and in theirs.
In the street we used to live in, we had a neighbourhood street BBQ twice a year that helped connect us to our neighbours and become aware of those in need. It is difficult to make this effort at times, considering how busy we have all become and yet, when we do, we are making a huge contribution to the community of life.
If you have experienced a connection that has worked in your neighbourhood, please share your story and encourage new ideas for us all.