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.
Good NEIGHBORS 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 Smiling
*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.