“A new command I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another. “ – John 13:34

This is not going to be a spiritual lesson about God. You have your belief and I have mine. They may be the same, they may be different, but I respect your viewpoint and thank you for respecting mine. That is not what this is about.

We have all been through a lot in the last year. The pandemic has given us all fits, the challenges are real and affect each of us in different ways. For me to say this pandemic is not real is for me to show no respect for those who have been very sick or those who have lost their lives.

What has been frustrating to me is to see our country so divided. It is sad to see those who have two different viewpoints throwing out disparaging remarks about the other person, either on social media, behind their backs, or in their face.  Can’t we just agree to disagree, act civil, respect each other, bump elbows and then go have some coffee or an alcoholic beverage?  Is my viewpoint more important than yours? Or visa versa? Not really.  In the scheme of life, we need to respect each other.  There is not much of that going around with our country’s leaders and we sure don’t need that contempt in our neighborhood.

Let’s appreciate and respect our differences.  We live in a great neighborhood.  Well established, clean, safe and a place we can be proud to live.  Let’s take care of each other.  If a neighbor is having a challenge, help them out.  Come spring time we hope to have a neighborhood barbeque around the pool area so we can all get to know each other.  Until then, let’s appreciate what we have.  Let’s respect our neighbors and lend a hand when needed.  In the long run, that makes us all feel a lot better.