“Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him.” C.S. Lewis
I think this month’s challenge was a personal mission more than anything else. My children and I made delicious brownie minis sprinkled with love and decided to deliver them to our surrounding neighbors. I waited til my husband returned home and together we taught our children the importance of showing our love to others through service. We explained that delivering the brownies to them would open up the doors of friendship.
My son carried the little “Hello Neighbor” note for them and my daughter carried the brownies. They were so excited that they didn’t even wait until my husband and I got to the door to ring the doorbell. Watching my children race to the door made me think of this quote that I love.
“The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children”
Author: E. Heffiner
We taught them a little and they took off running. J
The first delivery we made was to a beautiful family from India. They immediately welcomed us into their home. It was so much fun to see their response to our visit. They were excited to have us there, and we were excited to be there. The Father with a huge smile on his face said, “I love doing these kinds of things, but am always reluctant to take the first step… thank you for coming over tonight.”
The next family we visit also invited us in. Their warm welcome immediately developed a relationship of trust and friendship. In maybe 5-10 minutes we were able to get to know each other better and offer our protection and love as neighbors. By the time we were leaving we were already making plans to hang out again.
The last home we visit also gave us a very warm welcome. Their gratitude for the brownies and our presence that night was comforting.
Later that night my husband very sincerely told me that he was so grateful we had taken the challenge to meet more of our neighbors. Not only did we gain several new friends that night, but we developed a neighborhood unity that was not there before.
The next evening one of the neighbors returned the favor and brought us over treats. What you chose to do inspires others to do the same. Kindness IS contagious.
Spread it yourself this month by taking the November Challenge, and please share your experience with us.