“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.“
Most humans don’t live in cookie cutter communities where everyone is exactly alike, thinks alike, have the same job, etc. I feel cookie cutter neighborhoods would be like monocropping, and we all know how that worked out! I have learned over the years how to get along and appreciate a variety of people. It has not always been easy, but learning to help one another just like nature….. makes a healthy community.
Monocropping lacked plant diversity, and another fault was the lack of rotation in the growing process. They would not rotate crops to help the soil heal from year to year. I was thinking this year that over the years by getting to know my neighbors + inviting them over, I have expanded my life and created a healthy environment. I feel when people isolate themselves from others and only socialize with those that think or agree as they do, we build communities that are restrictive and our “life soil” are not healthy.
The past few years I have made it a goal to invite a neighbor over for dinner/garden brunch/backyard get together. Invite someone new that you have never thought of having over + you will find your “life soil” will be enriched every year + you will live a very healthy life!