I really appreciate the faithful supporters of Neighbourhood Life. Especially my neighbours. This morning I found a gift with a card that a neighbour left inside our door while we were away (see pic). Outside of the nice words, I am grateful for neighbours who are comfortable enough to let themselves in our home when we are not (read more about this in a book entitled, “Refrigerator Rights”).
It has been another great year full of surprises and new insights. This past year we worked at learning from neighbours; from building relationships to building buildings. I believe our neighbourhoods are our greatest classroom!
One thing I learned is to “sock your neighbour” (see last post) when its dark. While placing the stocking full of treats on a neighbours door during daylight hours, I heard him come out of his house while saying, “I have a gun….get off my property….Merry Christmas” – all in good fun!
Our book, “Neighbouring for Life” also had a great year and some great responses:
“Rick is a master story teller who knows more about being a great neighbour than anyone I know. This book is a must read for people who’s faith compels them to care for others and build deeper relationships. If you want to improve your quality of life the simplest way is to get to know your neighbors. Rick not only shows you how but his stories will inspire you to actually do it.”
– Paul Born – best selling author of Deepening Community and Community Conversations and President of the Tamarack Institute, University of Waterloo.
“Rick Abma doesn’t just talk and write about community; he lives it. ‘Neighbouring for Life’ summarizes the valuable lessons he has learned from his experience as a neighbour. Rick argues that community isn’t something we do in our spare time but rather its a way of life that can be realized through practices, not programs. His book illustrates this with stories that are as rich and stimulating as the Good Neighbour Coffee he roasts.”
– Jim Diers – consultant and author at Neighbor Power, Seattle, Washington
Let me know if you want a copy?
And the great year continued with an invitation to Terrace, BC for 9 days of training on neighbouring for life. It went well….we walked many neighbourhoods,. In the new year I will make my way back there for more.
Thanks you all!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year