Our van has been having some problems recently and I needed to take it to a repair shop just north of downtown. I made the decision that I would drop it off and then walk to my favorite coffee shop downtown to work for a few hours before walking back to the NeighborLink office. I wanted to spend some time walking, praying, and enjoying the mild winter temperatures that were expected.
This morning just happened to be a beautiful, foggy morning with some light snow showers. I don't walk like this that often as I'm spoiled by having cars to rely on to get me from place to place. However, each winter I'm reminded more and more about our neighbors who have to rely on walking as their primary form of transportation. The snow covered sidewalks tell the story the best. Footstep after footstep leaving reminders of those that have gone before us.
When I reach the sidewalks that have not been cleared and the tracks have turned to ice, I'm reminded just how important a cleared sidewalk really is. For me, I think about what it means to be a good neighbor or to love my neighbors well. I believe a cleared sidewalk is a sign that whoever lives or works in the place behind them is aware of those that pass by and are doing their best to take responsibility of their portion of the neighborhood. Those that go beyond and make an effort to keep the sidewalks of others that are not as aware are my heroes. They brave the cold, snowy, and sometime difficult job of cleaning up snow to benefit others. They love neighbors well.
I encourage you to consider this thought by doing more than just your house or even your neighbors house. Do the section of sidewalk around the corner that no one does, walk your snowblower around the block, or make sure you clear the ends of the sidewalks where snow often gets pushed up by the plows. Do it because you sense a responsibility to help out, not because someone is watching or will pat you on your back.
Small Things Change Neighborhoods & Ourselves.