Something about this Season makes you reflect on neighbors. How they help, listen, and provide. How they sometimes feel like instant friends and often grow to become lifelong family.
These days, it can feel like we know neighbors less and less. We shoot off texts instead of knocking on doors. We like social media updates more often than we story-tell on porches. One-third of us, apparently, don't even know our neighbors' names.
Because, predictably, we are simply always on the move. Too busy. No time. Places to be.
As a hustling team in its inaugural season, we admittedly found ourselves "too busy" this Summer.
Thankfully, the pace and manners found in rural Idaho have taught us a thing or two. Thanks to our adorable matching snowsuit-clad dream neighbors, we are reminded of what being a great neighbor is all about.
If you're craving community connection, follow their lead.
Go for daily walks. Wave to everyone you see. When you hear their name, remember it.
Offer advice, tips, leads, suggestions, and connections. Somehow, even remember phone numbers that may be of use to someone sometime.
Drop by unannounced. Even better, show up when invited. When you do, have something to offer.
Don't be in a hurry, ever. It ruins the time it takes to both hear and tell good stories.
Have a lot of good stories to tell. Did we mention remembering names? It's important for the storytelling.
Offer way more than you request. Offer more than requested of you.
Wear matching jumpsuits...obviously.
Now get out there this Holiday Season and love your neighbors! v