For quite a time now I have been pondering life in the Bay, what makes it what it is, and why it’s such a pleasant place to live in.
At work we so often see random acts of kindness – donations of hand-crafted items, made especially for children or sick adults, food items for Food Pantry, clothing for refugees based just down the road, excess fruit and so on. We are becoming more used to it, but are still very pleasantly surprised, and it makes my day.
All this got me thinking … what’s the secret?
Not money, not possessions for their own sake.
It is open-hearted giving and sharing, understanding where others not so fortunate may be coming from, and looking beyond self.
In a word, “it’s not all about me”.
It’s looking at the bigger picture of the community around us. Discovering how we can benefit that community by considering not just our own position, but that of our neighbours.
It’s all those amazing community groups that give of themselves with no expectation of any return but the happiness and progress of others. Think Scouts and Guides, think churches around us and consider how much they put back into our community. Think the numerous clubs and associations that are really only there for the betterment of their communities.
Then think of the volunteers. Those wonderful, usually quiet, usually behind the scenes people who are always on hand, it seems, no matter what is needed. From the gent who dressed up in a pumpkin suit to meet and greet at the Garden Festival (he is also our Town Cryer), to the lady with her plants and jams, to the couple who run the bi-monthly Antiques and Crafts Fair at the Community Centre, the people who teach English twice a week, and many, many others.
Yes, it is uplifting to be around these people, they are such good examples of how we can think beyond our own parameters and look out further afield, to the greater community. The rewards are surely there.
Blockhouse Bay Community Centre