For the purposes of this blog our neighbourhood is our community.
It is where we choose to live within a town or city.
What on earth is going on in our neighbourhood?
Is this a topic we want to really Talk about?
Have we got better things to get on with?
Are we big into being friendly with the neighbours?
Are we the ones that avoid our neighbours?
Are we suspicious of neighbours from day dot?
Do we get on with the neighbours like Family?
Do we go to our neighbours just for a chat?
Do we see our neighbours as close friends?
Do we trust our neighbours but not others?
Do we wish we could live away from people?
Do we have major trust issues with neighbours?
Do we ever bother and make effort to talk to neighbours in the hood?
Do we observe things about our neighbours but stay quiet?
Do we clock things on our streets but pretend it’s not happening?
Do we see our Youth1 of today get up to no good on our streets?
Do we hide and generally avoid eye contact in our neighbourhood?
Do we feel disturbed when a neighbour wants to talk to us?
Do we dread the knock on the door from anyone in the neighbourhood?
Would we rather go without, than call on a neighbour for some help?
Are we genuinely interested in what goes on in our neighbourhood?
Are we big into Gossiping about this and that in our neighbourhood?
Are we quick to Judge without knowing the facts about others on the street?
Are we known in the neighbourhood for all the daily stuff that goes on?
Are we the neighbour who pretends things are rosy when they are not?
Are we rude to our neighbours because we know we can Get Away with It?
Are we the type of neighbour with the fake smile when we see a neighbour?
Are we guarded and protected when we meet up with any neighbour?
How many of us really respect our neighbourhood?
How many of us live in a neighbourhood we love?
How many of us are ashamed of where we live?
How many of us dread the thought of talking to a neighbour?
How many of us were raised in a run down neighbourhood?
How many of us long to escape the neighbourhood we are in?
How many of us have very little to do with our neighbourhood?
How many of us are way too busy to pay attention to what goes on, under our very nose and in our face every day in the neighbourhood?
How many of us have been living in the same neighbourhood for decades but never really spoken to anyone?
How many of us have our fake face on when it comes to our neighbours and they never get to see the Real us?
What if our neighbourhood – (call it our community, as that seems to be the modern day name) is important, simply because we have been constellated with these people who live in close proximity?
In other words, we have come together in the original sense of this word. (1)
What if we are here to offer and reflect to others in our community, a quality and trying to avoid them is not the answer?
What if we started talking to those we meet as if it was our last day on Earth – how would that be?
What if we simply made the movements to just be genuine and engage with those in our community without an agenda?
What if we find the time to Just Talk to an elder in the community that may have words of wisdom, as they have life experience?
What if we made the effort to connect with those teenagers we see on our streets, that seem to have not much to do these days?
What if we start building relationships in our community because we know we are stronger as a group than solo?
What would happen if we took the first step and started to talk from our heart with our fellow neighbours?
What would happen to humanity if we started treating everyone in our community as if they were our own brothers and sisters?
What if we STOP and consider that our neighbourhood, our community is actually inter-connected, so we are one big Family?
This is an example some of us may relate to as it’s very real life –
We have been watching through closed doors the goings on in the neighbourhood. Society would see this as crime and yet we do nothing, say Nothing and keep our mouths shut. We don’t want to get involved, we hope it will go away, but the truth of it is things are getting worse. We refuse to make the move to step out of our un-comfortableness about the whole thing in fear of the consequences.
In other words, by doing Nothing, saying Nothing – taking no action we know things will escalate, as there is no one stopping this harmfull behaviour.
Where is OUR responsibility and is it not our duty as a lawfull citizen to at least take the first step to discuss, even if it is with others first in the neighbourhood, as they may also be going through the same type of thoughts and avoiding reporting what needs to be reported?
What if neighbourhood watch is not about sucking up to the police or those in authority but to wake up and not pretend things are ok, when we know they are clearly not?
What if by not Expressing what we know it is enabling the situation to continue and this means more crime and we actually have a hand in this, as we had the opportunity to do Something but we chose to do Nothing?
What if we speak to the elders in the community who tend to say less but may just have the wisdom to direct us with what is needed in that moment?
What if we could put a stop to bad behaviour, if we start to look at what our role is in community and not dismiss it, as we have done so up until now?
What would happen if we opened up our hearts fully to our neighbours, our community – like we do when there is a natural disaster?
In other words, where we ALL just come together and forget the division and separation we live every single day.
Imagine a future where our communities are like true Family members and they are welcomed into our hearts and equally those who leave the community are supported without our personal emotional agendas.
What if our communities are important and they do matter, even though our modern world reality shows that most of us would rather keep our distance and remain aloof as that suits our lifestyle?
What if the elders in our community need to be put to good use and teach the good old fashion decency, respect and morals that they grew up with?
What if we are aware of the dodgy stuff going on in our community but feel afraid to speak out because there maybe consequences?
What if we are seeing the real damage on our streets in the hood, but turn the other way in the hope that our blindness will just make it go away?
What if we would see more activity and movement in our communities if we made the effort to know what is going on in our streets and just beyond?
In other words, clock what’s going on, take note and not ignore it as it’s our Family.
What if we could act like responsible citizens with our neighbourhood family and that means we can call out behaviour that is not acceptable, like when the Youth2 are up to no good?
What if we can no longer be bystanders, watching the harm going on in our neighbourhood, as we have a duty and a responsibly to act and report back to our community Family or those in authority?
What if it is no longer comfortable to pretend things are not going on in our streets when we sure know they are?
What if we genuinely care about what goes on in our streets and we find the time to check in on others and not see it as a chore?
What if what we give to life does come back to us in some way?
AND Finally …
Whilst we all have our own take about those that live in our neighbourhood, have we considered that we are a part of it?
How are we living in daily life and what impact does this have on others in our community?
What if our community has all the resources we need but because we choose to live with our eyes closed, the curtains shut and keep people out of our hearts, we miss out, as we never get to feel or find out what could enrich our own life?
What if the people in our community do need what we could bring but we are way too busy living life in the Fast Lane with I, me, myself to even contemplate about another human?
Our neighbourhood – our community is a microcosm of what is going on in hoods, all over the world.
So how are we living in our community and how does this contribute to the bigger picture – the macrocosm, our world?
(1) (n.d). Etymonline. Retrieved August 13, 2021 from