‘Tis the Season to Care for Your Neighbor

by Justin Elder, Senior Regional Sales Manager, Global Medevac

How well do you know your neighbors? If you are like most of us in 2020, that answer is vague at best. According to some studies, 1 in 4 Americans feel they have no sense of community spirit within their neighborhood — with a national lockdown in place, those numbers are exponential.

One of the most detrimental elements of the last year for most folks has been the deterioration of our interpersonal relationships from changes like having to wear masks and social distancing that have become part of our daily routines. From the divisions in politics, to the necessary physical restraining, this year will certainly be one that changes the way we behave for some time.

But, it does not have to be detrimental. One could argue, the reason for this holiday season is to re-connect with our neighbors and rekindle our relationships.

There was a time in the not too distant past when we as Americans took pride in the relationships we had in our communities — where leadership was as transparent as the price at the cash register, and where we could walk to any neighbor’s door for the cup of sugar needed for the apple pie being prepared for Sunday dinner.

These are not relics of a time gone by, they are aspects missing from a community that has been misplaced by rather involuntary changes thrust upon it. I for one relish the thought of simply witnessing the unforced smiles of strangers in the grocery store once again.

 This season should be focused on community and giving, rather than division and mistrust. This year, just like any other, has been full of gifts and lessons. Let’s finish it off strong by being that neighbor that other neighbors can rely on. Stop by, say hi.

Only together can we make this beautiful country into a united community.