July 20, 2012: A friendly ‘Hello’ can be the start of getting to know your neighbors, by Taylon Whitley

July 20, 2012 by

Do you talk to your neighbors? If you don’t, you should.

But you’re probably wondering, “How can I start?”

First, try to start a conversation by saying “Hello” in a friendly way. If you don’t act friendly, they will probably think you are having a bad day and won’t want to talk to you.

Second, you should invite them over for dinner even if you aren’t a good cook. Invite them out to eat with you. HOLD IT! Before you take them to McDonalds, ask them where they want to go. Maybe they don’t want to have fast food. So take them to a restaurant they choose, even if it’s not one you like.

Third, make sure that they can trust you because, face it, it’s hard to get to know your neighbors if they don’t trust you. How do you gain trust? You could volunteer to watch their kids — but do a good job because trust is easy to lose and hard to build back. As Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself” because you only get one life.

Once you get to know the neighbors, you’re on your way to building a community of good neighbors.

To do that, you have to continue to build trust with them. Face it, if you go talking behind your neighbors’ backs and they find out, they probably will hold a grudge for awhile.

Also, just to throw this out, try starting something fun to do with your neighbors like game night.  If you ask me, that’s the best way to get to know someone.

(NOTE: Concordia’s National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 7, is one fun way to get to know the neighbors — at block parties, cookouts, potlucks and other neighborhood events. If you’re interested in organizing a get-together in your neighborhood, contact Beth Weddle at 785/243-2113, ext. 1223, or eweddle@csjkansas.org.)

— Taylon Whitley will be an eighth-grader at Concordia Junior High School this fall. He is the son of Randy and Gail Whitley.   



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