Would you like to be my neighbor?

Where one or more gather, life will flourish and give rise to communities. Our human nature is wired to have a natural urge to find common grounds among those we associate in our day to day interaction. The need to build communities is stronger than ever in our culture today. By bringing people of different backgrounds together and using groups as a vehicle to help and encourage one another gives a sense of cohesiveness and peace that can transcend to other aspects of our lives. Reaching the ultimate goal of belonging and being loved makes life worth living and sharing.


The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling that they are worthwhile.

Fred Rogers

Finding ways to be part of a community is easier than you think. It is choosing a community that will flourish you physically, spiritually, and mentally is the challenging part. A social group that values all three aspects is worth investing your time and effort. Once we start to flourish by engaging our mind, optimizing our body, and feeding our soul, we will begin to become stewards for one another. Our perspective of thinking just thinking of “Me” will change to “We.”

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As Thanksgiving is approaching next week, being gracious, showing hospitality, and loving your neighbor are the ingredients to being thankful. This holiday is a season to dust off our own need for attention and refocus it towards others. A great example of showing hospitality and loving your neighbor is exemplified by the so loved TV personality, Mr. Rogers (Fred Rogers). The life work of Fred Rogers was devoted to giving thanks to others. He showed appreciation, from the smallest acts of merely saying hi to being engaged and listening to a person. Whether that person is speaking, playing, dancing, building, sing, or painting, if we care, we can listen (The World According to Mr. Rogers).

It is in the small acts that big things can get accomplished. When you are planning out your invitation list, your meal preparation, and all the to do’s that are needed to prepare a Thanksgiving meal, just remember not to stress and overcomplicate things. Less is more. Keep in mind that putting love into the details will always result in a great meal, even if things don’t go as planned.

Ease into the giving season by taking your family and friends to watch “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” in most theaters this coming Friday, November 22nd. It is a beautiful way to jump-start your heart and open your eyes to the world of Mr. Rogers. A lesson from a man who’s unhurried manner and keen way of sharing simple acts around the neighborhood brings lasting joy and happiness.

World According to Mister Rogers
by Fred Rogers

In the next few weeks, we will get the opportunity to play Hostess to everyone that comes through our door. Will you answer the knock to be a neighbor to those that enter your door? Show your hospitality with these tips.

  • Always greet everyone with a “Smile” upon arrival
  • Introduce guest to one another
  • Mindful of time
  • Have plenty of food and beverage on hand
  • Thank guests for attending, (walk them to the door)
  • Send Thank you Cards or text/email after the party


Would you like to be my neighbor?

Our Need For Community and Love

Where one or more gather, life will flourish and give rise to communities. Our human nature is wired to have a natural urge to find common grounds among those we associate in our day to day interaction. The need to build communities is stronger than ever in our culture today. By bringing people of different backgrounds together and using groups as a vehicle to help and encourage one another gives a sense of cohesiveness and peace that can transcend to other aspects of our lives. Reaching the ultimate goal of belonging and being loved makes life worth living and sharing.

Finding ways to be part of a community is easier than you think. It is choosing a community that will flourish you physically, spiritually, and mentally is the challenging part. A social group that values all three aspects is worth investing your time and effort. Once we start to flourish by engaging our mind, optimizing our body, and feeding our soul, we will begin to become stewards for one another. Our perspective of thinking of “Me” only will change to “We” and “US” and the greater good.



Here are some ideas for you to gather and flourish your community.  Engagement and conversation are always warm and welcoming with a cup of warm tea or coffee.

Marriage and Millenials

Are marriages disappearing like the old brick and mortar retail stores that are being replaced by the efficiency and convenience of online shopping? Commitment and love are not immune to this social dilemma and are getting replaced with contentment and cohabitation. Getting married is frowned on as being a waste of money and too much hassle.

To the older generation, marriage is sacred and beautiful. Some say that the younger generation may not appreciate marriage and the sanctification of marriage, therefore why get married? Marriage is culturally and religiously viewed as a vow taken between two people, announcing their love and obligations for one another publicly until death. Getting married is not only about the one big day but about a lifetime of sharing and growing together and building a family. A millennial YouTuber that goes by the name PewDiePie (Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberghas) stepped outside his generation’s way of thinking and married his long-time girlfriend of 8 years. Felix and Marzia Bisognin got married at the beautiful London’s Kew Gardens.


Source: PewDiePie on Instagram

Source: PewDiePie on Instagram

Source: PewDiePie on Instagram

The wedding was picturesque with Marzia wearing her “dream dress” in light blush with an embroidered long train and Felix looking dashing in all-black attire. (Business Insider) The couple was beaming with joy as they posted snippets of videos and photos from their wedding on Instagram. It goes to show that the younger generation can still appreciate marriage. They need to see more of their peers do the same, and we could see a new wave of millennials heading down the aisle to say “I do!”


Source: PewDiePie on Instagram

Source: PewDiePie on Instagram

Life begins when we can commit and say Yes!

Healing Powers of Nature

Nature has a way of bringing out the best in us despite what we may be going through in our personal or work life.  A short trip to the mountains can be a refreshing detour for our body, mind, and soul to collect our thoughts and let us see life from a different perspective.  Megan Delaney, an assistant professor in the Department of Professional Counseling at Monmouth University in NJ, says that our current culture is spending 90 percent of our time indoors.  Urbanization and technological advances have disconnected us from nature and the natural world (Counseling Today, 2018). This disconnection and distance humans have put against nature have affected the increasing rise in our stress level in our day to day living.  As humans, we were meant to be one with nature. 

Through the natural world, we see what is impossible, made possible. The smallest of details are somehow aligned and built among one another, creating a magnificent landscape that encompasses all parts of the senses.  It is through this perspective that nature subconsciously can shift our mindset and let us reconnect with it.


Going out to the mountains just for a hike or a weekend camping trip can help us incorporate a type of “ecotherapy/green therapy” into our lives.  Ecotherapy can help improve our mental well being and set us up for a positive mood adjustment. Nature’s healing power is more powerful than we think.  It awakens our sense of hearing, vision, and smell, letting us experience nature’s music therapy, color therapy, and aromatherapy. We hear birds chirping, natural running water, the rustling of leaves which gives way to solace, peace, and concentration.

Color therapy seen in nature such as the greens in the trees, the colorful faunas, grasslands, the rise of the sun, and sunset across the sky with the different hues help stabilize our mood by offering an aesthetic landscape.  The smell of nature further uplifts our spirits, with its aromatherapy effects. Fragrances of flowers, wet soil, evergreens, and woodsy scents encircle the air. These smells enhance our sense of creativity, motivation, inspiration, and self-awareness.  With all our senses heightened, our mental health can only be improved. With all the benefits of going outside and experiencing nature, it is no wonder that outdoor enthusiasts have more energy, spirit, and a kind of radiance about them. Try taking a trip away from the city and into the mountains this coming weekend and experience it for yourself.  You will discover a kinder, calmer, and more energetic side of you that is waiting to express itself.