I'd like to think most good people wake up everyday and ask how they can make the world a better place.
Some look at the task as gargantuan, something they'll have to train or go to school for but there is a much simpler way to look at it: Changing the world starts right in your own front yard.
Now more than ever is a great time to learn the art of being neighborly while making the world, starting with your world, a better place.
We have every right to live within our means inside our home, but, outside, the world is God's world and it's totally easy to do some good while enjoying some good old social distancing or whatever they are about to stop calling it.
The sidewalks, for instance, are city property, as are the curbs in front or around your house. But it is mostly up to you to clean up. Kids are riding their bikes and skateboard gadgets with their parents; men and women like to jog in the mornings and go for walks in the evening.
I find it important for people to clean their tree limbs up off the road and keep their sidewalks accessible. It's more or less like the grass ordinance the cities have. Everyone wants things to look nice, it is easy to do and in a way it is mellow, fun and it gets you outdoors.
In my area, the house next to mine is vacant so I clean up their portion of the sidewalk, too. Obviously, that is not the only thing to do. The pools and theaters may be closed and all our events shut down but it is a chance to re-connect with the earth and enjoy nature and good company. Social distancing right?
Facebook chat works great having face to face conversations and many other websites. The real point is, we are surrounded by things we cannot control right now and it has the country in a panic and it has many people frustrated, so, it is OK to let go of things and focus on the quality of life we do have access to.
We can make the best of our communities; only us.
Like I said before, community starts right outside your door. As long as we have food and clothes and shelter, and preferably sunshine, we're alright.
The country will fall into place, stronger than we were before. We lived through the dawning of the digital age and now we face the dawning of something else. But whatever it is, it is always the dawning of a new day.
The Bible says, "Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. In short, I think it means don't go to bed angry and agitated. This too shall pass.
Julian Russell, Mattoon
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