How do you relate to your neighbors in your culture? Is it normal to invite them to each other’s house for a cup of tea and a chat? Do you limit your interaction to a polite hello and a smile? Or do you perhaps wait in your apartment when you hear them in the corridor, just so that you wouldn’t have to talk to them?
Like many things that are part of your daily life that you’re used to, you can start taking your neighbors for granted. Like people, countries have neighbors. And like people, a country can have a troubling relationship with their neighbors. We humans can sometimes be quite territorial and when we think that someone is trespassing on what we consider ours. People can keep on fighting for decades, and countries can keep on fighting for centuries.
If you run out of eggs while baking, can you knock on your neighbor’s door and ask to borrow some? Or if you hear a knock on the door, is your first thought going to be about whether you remembered to lock the door properly?
But it takes to two to tango. Who of us wouldn’t like to live in a neighborhood where you know that you can trust the people around you for help. Trust is so easy to be lost yet it can be earned by fostering kindness – you have to give a reason for trust.
How well do you know your neighbors on the other side of the border? Do you help each other out or do you turn your back, do you take them for granted? Maybe it might be a good idea to go knock on that door and ask if there’s something you could do for them, something they needed help with. A world citizen would consider the world as their neighborhood. Which door will you be knocking on next? Knock Knock.