This morning on our walk to school, I asked my daughter Molly what her hopes were for our neighborhood.
The first thing she mentioned was how she wished there were sidewalks up Danger Hill and along Steelhammer Road, to make it easier and safer to get around our neighborhood.
Second, she said she wanted to write to the homeowner’s association in the neighborhood right next to ours, to ask them to allow non-HOA members to enjoy their park, which includes a lovely pond.
Third, she talked about wanting to do a neighborhood barbecue so all the neighbors at the top of Danger Hill can get to know each other better.
That question — “What are your hopes for our neighborhood?” — is a simple but profound one. In fact, it could be the start of something special. I’ll explain why, first by talking more generally about hope-full conversations, then focusing more specifically on conversations with kids.
1. In a fast-paced world, that question encourages folks to make space for hope.
Life is often too fast and overly full. Many of us are so busy just getting through another day that we don’t take the time to examine and articulate our hopes.… Read the rest