I really didn’t expect to be posting again so soon but I just wanted to quickly follow up on my previous post. Today there were many community gatherings in various locations around London – prayer vigils, peace marches and clean-up events. A lot of community building.
I felt a strong sense of blue at the prayer meeting that I went to. Not a deep royal blue that can feel heavy and depressing but a lighter sky-blue of optimism and looking outwards. The best way to move on they said was to go about your daily business as usual, as I can attest to.
When I want to chill down lately I’ve been watching some old episodes of ‘Seinfeld’. One episode I saw recently was based on riding the New York Subway. Something that made me laugh was a lady chancing a conversation with a stranger for the first time in 35 years and being freaked out by the outcome.
London has some unwritten rules about riding the tube but perhaps we should be talking to people more, including strangers on the tube. I have just realised that I don’t know anyone else who lives in my building of approximately 100 flats. Of course I’ve seen people from my building at the mailboxes, in the lift or gym room and at the bus stop but I would only recognise one or two of them and I certainly don’t know any of their names. I’m thinking it is time for a meet the neighbours event. There is a patch of lawn near-by that I’ve started imagining a BYO-cup-of-tea-and-chat sort of thing going on in.
What do you think? Would you go to a ‘building-mixer’ to meet the neighbours? How should I go about this?