Aubrey and I played Catan Junior the other day. She is competitive, so I don’t need to go easy on her. We were only a few turns into the game and luck was flat out bad for her. My ships and lairs were piling up and she had nearly nothing.
A downcast, red-faced, despairing look came over her. There was nothing she could do. The game was lost already, without even really playing it. She would burst into helpless tears at any moment.
Yesterday, I was at Target and I took a short-cut through the women’s pajama section. I casually overheard a nice looking senior gentleman ask an associate if this was all of the women’s pajamas. I didn’t think much of the question, but her response caught my attention. He asked a simple question, and she responded, “Yes, this is it…you’re on your own.” He obviously was out of place in this area of the store!
What’s your style? Are you a spur-of-the-moment kind of person or a planner? Either way, you can gift your neighbors with the opportunity to get together and meet each other! Promoting a neighborhood get together encourages familiarity, which creates a sense of community and trust. And you never know what friendships might form from a simple interaction!
Invite neighbors to get together, and ask for their ideas ahead. One neighbor offered to set up a bouncy house!
Chalk board sign stating “Welcome Neighbors” for neighborhood party.
With spring coming, it’s a terrific time of year to connect with neighbors! As it warms up, we’re all outside more. It’s a good time for meeting new neighbors and reconnecting with those we haven’t seen in a while. It’s so easy to come and go and never meet our neighbors, as we drive into our garage and close its door. Even if no one else is doing it, we can be the ones who take the first step to build relationships in our neighborhoods!
Here are some ideas for connecting with your neighbors:
Listening and asking questions are terrific ways to show love in everyday life! Listening is such a gift, but it is often hard to give others. It goes against our self-contentedness and desire to get things done. Listening requires intentionality and practice; it takes a little effort to mentally and relationally connect with another person! For more ideas on asking questions, take a peek at last week’s post .
Here are five ideas that will help you grow the skill of listening: