I just saw a lovely video online where a woman comes home and on the way, everyone she encounters are busy on their phones. No interaction takes place even in the lift going to her flat.
She then proceeds to bring her kitchen table into the communal hallway and sits down with her daughter to eat. Other neighbours arrive home and join in. Suddenly there is a big group and lots of talk and fun.
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Wouldn’t it be good to do something like that more often? Joining in with others for impromptu meals and gatherings. Someone just have start and others will follow.
We have a few gatherings on our road every year and it is such a lovely way to get to know the neighbours. There is a street party every summer, a children’s play day in the autumn, a ladies night, Safari supper and other things through out the year. A great way to be connected to others nearby.
There are many people that are lonely around us. This is a problem in big and small communities and it affects our mental health in a detrimental way. We all need connection and feel a belonging whether it’s with neighbours, friends, work colleagues or clubs.
What can we do to be more present and create connection when and if needed? Are there people around us that are longing to belong?
Have a look around you and see what you can do. It all helps.