Loving Your Neighbor


You’re Not the Head of Your Neighborhood

Attempting to love your neighbor as yourself can be discouraging.  There are times when you can feel alone in your endeavors.  You might feel like you’re the one who always has to do the initiating.  You might feel like your effort is disproportionate to the effort of those around you. It’s at these times when Continue Reading…

The Chances Your Group Will Live Happily Ever After

People are going to bug you.  Of course, you never bug them, right? 🙂 One of the biggest obstacles that exists in the development of relationships and community is how we handle annoyances.  The truth is most of us aren’t very good at it.  Most parents don’t train their kids at it because most parents Continue Reading…

Which Relationships Should You Focus On?

The best way forward, then, is to invest time in relationships with those who seem open and responsive.  When you sense that people are responding to your efforts to neighbor well, then invest time and energy in them.  If they don’t, be secure enough to move on.   –The Art of Neighboring You won’t like Continue Reading…

Where the Community Fun Ends and the Hard Work Begins

Yes, technology and architecture have been major factors in the destruction of the experience of community in our culture.  If you so dare to take the plunge and swim upstream against these cultural currents, there’s an obstacle you will encounter that’ll be the hardest of all to deal with.  It may be the biggest reason Continue Reading…

It’s Not Better to Give Than Receive. It’s Better to Do Both.

When a community of reciprocity is created, there are real opportunities to serve and be served.  Then a neighborhood becomes less isolated and more self-sufficient as a whole.  A feeling of “we can do this together” is created, and that’s healthy.     –The Art of Neighboring There is a programmed tendency in the human brain Continue Reading…