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Being a friendly neighbor

July 25, 2010
by Paul Jones

In the grand plan of trying to get myself in better shape, I have started walking 2-3 miles most days a week.  Typically in the mornings, prior to the heat getting so out of control.  (I am not a fool, nor do I think heatstroke is a good way to build endurance).  One thing that has become apparent is that the neighborhood that I typically walk in (mine) is a friendly place to walk.  There are people of all stripes out walking/jogging/sprinting and all seem to be genuine in their good morning greetings.  Even as we all look like we are in great pain (admit it, people doing strenuous walking/jogging are not looking like they are ready for a night out on the town.) we toss up the hand and great each other.  Even if its the obligatory grunt between breaths, it is a greeting. That gesture is small, yet it carries great meaning.  Its being friendly.  It is breaking down barriers, acknowledging a fellow human out trying to make themselves a little bit better.

So next time you are out in your neighborhood, exercising or not, just wave at passing cars, or say hello to the dog walkers coming down the street.  You might like your place in town that much more for it.

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  1. Sarah permalink
    July 25, 2010 5:54 pm

    It’s also a good way to get to know your neighbors and build a relationship. Half the people in the neighborhood know us because of our dogs. Because we always say hello, people in turn watch out for the dogs, watch out for our house, and for us. It makes the neighborhood friendlier and a nicer place to be.

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