To me a good neighbor is many things. A good neighbor is one that is there to help you when you need help without you having to ask but knows when to just let you work it out on your own sometimes too.
We have a neighbor that we take turns with making sure the driveways are clear of snow. We both have tractors and before we had ours he cleared our drive faithfully for years without us even asking him to and never wanted anything in return. He would be out there either early in the morning or late at night when he got finished with his day job.
Once we got our tractor, my husband and I try to make sure we get his drive way before he gets home from work to surprise him so that he doesn’t have to worry about it when he gets home from a long day. He has always been there for us when we have needed him but doesn’t always come running to save the day.
He went through a rough patch when his wife cheated on him and they divorced and we invited him over and he would come hang out or he would have the kids and us come over for cookouts and swimming at his place to help minimize the loneliness. He has found someone new and she has been very good for him and they have done a great job together landscaping his entire yard for the past two years.
They are wonderful people to have around. If either of us go out of town all we do is give each other a call and then watch over the other’s place and make sure the yards are maintained and that no one is bothering anything that they shouldn’t. It is a blessing to have such individuals like them living across the road from us.
When storms blow trees down, we all get together and help clean up the mess to make light work of it. We live out on a highway and they are on the opposite side and we both own some decent size acreage so we all know how to keep busy but still find the time to visit from time to time. It still warms your heart to drive by and have them wave at you before you pull into your drive knowing that they are right there if you need them.
Thought of the moment....
No matter how hard you try, you will NEVER control anyone else's attitudes, actions, or outcomes. The only person that you have the ability to directly impact is you, and it is your responsibility to learn how to do just that...to utilize the knowledge, skills, and abilities you have been given to impact the world in the most positive way that you can EVERY chance you get!