Tag: simple living

How to Build Community

I got a beautiful Christmas card from a cousin of mine in Oakland California. It had photos of her throughout the year on her many worldly travels. Pictures too of friends and family here and there. And a very simple list, right down the middle of the page, of simple ways we as individuals can take steps to build and expand community. There are things we can do everyday, and others we can do randomly throughout the year. Things we can do on our own. And things we can do in a group. Things we can do on a whim. And others that will take a little planning.

November 09 random 093She got the list from a site called Simple Living. It seems like a great way to kick off the new year! Here it is for all of you to try in your own communities…

  • Turn off your TV
  • Leave your house
  • Know your neighbors
  • Look up when you are walking
  • Greet people
  • Sit on your front stoop
  • Plant flowers
  • Use your library
  • Play together
  • Buy local
  • Share what you have
  • Help a lost dog
  • Take children to the park
  • Garden together
  • Support neighborhood schools
  • Fix it even if you didn’t break it
  • Have pot lucks
  • Honor elders
  • Pick up litter
  • Read stories aloud
  • Dance in the street
  • Talk to the mail carrier
  • Listen to the birds
  • Put up a swing
  • Help carry something heavy
  • Barter for your goods and services
  • Start a tradition
  • Ask a question
  • Hire young people for odd jobs
  • Organize a block party
  • Bake/Cook extra and share
  • Ask for help when you need it
  • Open your shades
  • Sing together
  • Share your skills
  • Take back the night
  • Turn up the music
  • Turn down the music
  • Listen before you react in anger
  • Mediate a conflict
  • Seek to understand
  • Learn from new and uncomfortable angles
  • Know that no one is silent though many are not heard. Work to change this.

To this list I would add…

  • Talk to the homeless
  • Sweep the front sidewalk
  • Park in your driveway instead of your garage
  • Put free stuff on the curb
  • Make and deliver collections for those less fortunate: canned goods, shoes, books, etc
  • Have friends over for dinner
  • Take a walk around the block
  • Plan a nature hike with friends

What would you add to your list?

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Simplifying life

The time is drawing near for back to school and for many that means new experiences, new teachers, new schools and new routines. A little prep and planning ahead of time can help smooth out the rough spots and help a child segue in with a little less fear and a little more confidence.

This site, Simple Mom, has a great list of some helpful children’s book titles when assisting children in the navigation of their ever changing world: school, moving, divorce, new baby, etc. It’s a good list. Check it out.

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