“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”– Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Early in the days of the COVID lock-down, my neighbor knew how depressed people were becoming over their isolation. She also noticed that more and more people were taking walks around the neighborhood. Being the creative and kind person that she is, she propped up a big poster on the chair that sits on her porch.
Every day – every single day! – during covid she put a different message on her porch. The porch message was always positive, encouraging and comforting. For example, “A goal without a plan is just a wish,” “Every day is a fresh start,” “Life is better when you laugh,” and “Pessimism never won any battles.” When covid was over, she announced her intention to stop putting up porch messages. She was shocked at the number of neighbors – and strangers! – who begged her not to stop. Some reported walking blocks out of their way just to get the “boost” of her message.
She continues to this day.
A Nice Neighbor