positive steps for 2018
A new year brings with it resolutions – often which are quickly abandoned by February when old habits rear their ugly heads. Resolving to do something new or quitting to do something you’ve been doing for way too long is not an easy task. That’s why we make such a big deal about making resolutions in the first place. So with that in mind, forget losing weight or saving money or getting organized, start with something small and simple that may in fact affect your overall quality of life. Be a better neighbor.
South Boston is an amazing neighborhood, rich in history and filled with some of the best people you’ll ever meet. Over the last few years we’ve seen Southie evolve and change through new development and an influx of new residents. There is a new energy pulsating through our community and whether you’ve lived here your entire life or just moved in last week, you can feel it. That’s what makes Southie the best neighborhood in Boston.
For 2018, let’s work to be better neighbors – kinder, more mindful, caring neighbors. Introduce yourself to the people who live next door to you. Help shovel out your neighbor’s car. Clear the sidewalk in front of your house, even though you might just rent an apartment. Shop local. Pick up trash if you see some on the street. Check in on your elderly neighbors – see if they need something at the supermarket or shovel out their car. Smile and say good morning. Join your neighborhood civic association and get involved.
We are officially in snowstorm season, be mindful of the fact that we all understand how difficult it is to park in our neighborhood. Don’t take advantage of the spot saver system. Don’t retaliate if someone is taking advantage. Take the higher road and talk to your neighbors. Hopefully, your neighbors will listen to reason and not flip out on you. Keep an open mind and be compassionate. These are tiny shifts that might just make a big change in our neighborhood – especially in the winter.
So what do you say, Southie? Will you take the good neighbor pledge? If you will, pass this on to your friends, family and neighbors. Post it on Facebook and tweet it out for all to read. Tell everyone that you will be the best neighbor you can be in 2015. “Hey, Southie! I am a good neighbor.” Wear it like a badge of honor.