Even though I no longer live in Boston, the city, the neighborhoods, and the people are still deeply ingrained in me and I still care. A lot. I also still believe deeply from years of experience that when neighbors come together and behave compassionately and selflessly towards each other great things are possible - like Neighbors for Neighbors.
In Jamaica Plain the Whole Foods debate has challenged the community to re-consider whether or not it really values diversity and equity as core beliefs and values. For me, and I believe for many others, a consequence of this debate resulted in a decline in our being kind, warm, and generous to each other.
For me the foundation of my neighborliness and what guides my interaction and behavior towards my neighbors and people in general is intentionally practicing and holding myself accountable to being approachable, generous, and in service to my neighbors.
I propose that as a first step in moving past conflict and back to each other that as a community we imagine, define, share, and discuss what for each us of inspires us to be there for each other.
So, how are you inspired to be a positive force for your neighbors?