Many years ago, I moved from town to the country. I was pretty handy, I knew a fair bit about construction, finance, and safety from my time as a Police Officer. What I didn’t know was A LOT!! You see, I started this whole article with the things I knew, rather than the things I didn’t. Truth is, I didn’t even know what I didn’t know; and probably that fact still remains.
Now my knowledge of providing for myself and family with what we need has greatly increased; In very large part to my neighbors. I have had a plethora of help offered in these many years and I’ve found within each offer and acceptance certain rules to live by when accepting free help. I still remain an active listener and student.
1.) Always be grateful for the help (before, during and after)
2.) Food and drink. (Be sure to be a good host)
3.) Watch, listen and learn. Where possible, help. (My Grandpa always told me, “You have two ears and one mouth, use them in those proportions)
4.) Explain, you would like to learn and ask if they mind if you have questions?
5.) The most important! Make sure you offer your help reciprocally. I’m sure you have a talent that can be of use to them also.
These neighbors-helping-neighbors relationships are among the most rewarding relationships I’ve ever had. These ones will bless your life, the lives of your loved ones and will help to build the sort of community you’ll be proud to be a member of and participate in. Your learning curves will greatly diminish and the quality of work you’ll benefit from is immeasurable.
Be out doing good work for your fellow neighbors. They need you and you need them.
One more step toward self-reliance