A Word I Would Add to The Dictionary: Good Neighbor

Having a good neighbor is a blessing, but being a good neighbor can set the tone for changing the world. On National Good Neighbor Day, we can add to the etymology of progress in Dictionary for a Better World by being good neighbors. I wrote an acrostic today to celebrate our good neighbors in my community.


Greeting others
Outgoing spirits
Offering a hand
Doing our part
Not being petty
Exchanging good wishes
Inquiring to understand
Going the extra mile
Helping with projects
Being there
Owning solutions 
Reaching out

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*During the months of August and September on days when I’m not participating in the Open Write at www.ethicalela.com, I will be writing in response to the pages of Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z by Irene Latham and Charles Waters, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini. The poems, poetic forms, narratives, quotes, and calls to action to make one small difference might be just the medicine my world – or the whole world – needs. I’ll be inviting insights in the form of an immersion into a 10-minute-a-day book study (just long enough to read the page, reflect, and connect). If you don’t have a copy of the book, you can order one here on Amazon. I invite you to join me in making August and September a time of deep personal book friendship. A few teachers will be following the blog and engaging in classroom readings and responses to the text. So come along! Let’s turn the pages into intentionally crafting beautiful change together.

One Reply to “A Word I Would Add to The Dictionary: Good Neighbor”

  1. I truly believe we all owe something to our fellows here on Earth. We can start paying those nearest to us. Your sentiments resonate with me; your words always hit their mark.


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