My family and I have relocated more than we would like to share, but probably about 11 times. One thing that really stands out is the personal interaction with neighbors as we move from one region to another. We have some stories that would be good for entertainment, but the most valuable to tell are the ones that have kindness written all over them.
There are some neighbors that seem to have all the right affiliations and privilege. They can be of any color or ethnicity and carry themselves with certain expectations. Their country of origin or style of living hardly has much to do with the way they mingle with others, however, their ulterior motive or interest does.
What may be a celebration for one family may not be for another and what may be a standard for one may not be for another. It is difficult to agree when there are many ways of doing life. However, one thing we can all agree on and cannot be forgotten is that of being kind.
With generosity and sensitivity, ideologies and stigmas change. Being a good neighbor embodies a sense of acceptance that can change towns which have been torn apart due to wrongful fundamentals, such as racial or gender identity oppression.
This season, especially in a time that has restricted much gathering, being abundant and compassionate overpasses political affiliations and identities. (Although affiliations may influence opinions.) Good neighbors don’t carry the traditions that have brought much pain and suffering to others. Things may not be changed immediately, but hopefully the small steps we all take can eventually lead to noticeable change. None of our ancestors did things perfect, but with the knowledge that brings the so desired wisdom some faiths seek, in today's living, we have an opportunity to embrace appreciation for every living being in this human race.
Therefore, being a respectable individual encompasses being a good neighbor on any sidewalk.
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Mona Chavez is a community advocate, volunteer, entrepreneur, world traveler, and blogger.