Worry more about who your next door neighbour is than who is in power

I ponder this a lot.  I find most people are shocked by my lack of interest in Government and elections.  Yes I know that who is in power can ultimately affect me and my rights however I have always felt that regardless of who is in power my rights are compromised and most of the time we are powerless to do anything about it.

Instead of going down the Debbie Downer route I prefer more to think about what is relative to me.  If there was a huge catastrophe, who would I rely on?  It’s not the Government.  We’ve seen time and time again that in the face of disaster, most of the time it’s not the Government that comes in on the white horses.  It’s our community, our neighbours, the people who live around us, our friends, our family.

So who are these people?  And how do you reach out to them?  I’m lucky in the sense that through creating my green grocer I have managed to connect with so many people who live in my area and care about the same things I do.  Through the 6 years that I have run this store, I have felt so cared for and supported by this community, but it wasn’t easy.  I’ve always had a hell of an ego on me and this generated a difficulty reaching out for support.  I didn’t want anyone to know that I needed it, I was tough right?  The problem is, no matter how tough we are, we still all face challenges, and we all need community involvement to lessen these challenges and help us feel that we are part of a greater whole, that we are not just in the Universe alone.

We all have a neighbour, but do we know them?  Sometimes, it’s just a simple gesture of a wave when we are driving off in the morning.  I live in a small community in a well forested area and in Summer we are always on high alert for fires.  When I think about who I would call on if any sort of disaster happened around my house, it would be my neighbours first.  We don’t hang out necessarily, but we help each other.

I think it’s more important to be checking in on what is happening in our local community than watching the global news.  Getting involved can happen in so many ways, what I’ve found is that most people want to communicate and the easiest way to start communicating with people is to ask them about them.  We all love talking about ourselves and it’s usually a great conversation starter.  Building relationships within our community is crucial to good health both on a personal and on a much wider scale.

Whoever is in power will keep changing, Australia has proved that regardless of who we voted for.  The laws will continue and the pollies will keep arguing. Let’s not give them more attention than what we give our community.  It’s the community that will band together in a crisis so try to get to know them all more.


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