By THOMAS COVINO
For The Vista
Take time out to check, now that’s an interesting opening. What is it that I’m supposed to check?
Well, how about your friend who lives down the block or neighbor next door? Have they gone away for a vacation? There hasn’t been any noise coming from there.
Have you not heard from them in a long time? I wonder how they’re doing? Are they well or are they having some medical problems and have secluded themselves in their home. It just seems too quiet to be normal.
No, that’s not being nosy, that’s just being considerate because people always need someone’s ear to seek relief from the stresses of everyday living, whether it’s money, health, aches and pains or maybe just the monotony of living alone.
Think of it this way, someone really cares about me, cares about my safety and my health. Too often we take things for granted assuming everything’s okay but how are we going to know if we don’t ask?
So why not “Take Time Out To Check”.
Let me give you an perfect example. A very close friend of my wife, who lives on Long Island, New York, has been struggling with lung cancer for the past seven years. We call or email her every week just to find out what the current status is. She would reply with either good, bad or without change but she’s hanging in there.
Recently, another friend from up there emailed my wife and told her, their friend is back in the hospital and not doing well. Here we are 800 plus miles away but we’re there for her, currently in prayer but soon in person.
Now for the reality of things, she’s not expected to survive much longer, but I’m betting she’s going to hang in there another day or two until my wife arrives. Hopefully, she’ll be able to say her final goodbyes to all of those who have suffered with her yet have manage to survive the hell of having cancer.
If this is so, at least my wife will be there for her husband and other family members to be of some solace. Don’t let another day go by without checking in with your friends , your neighbors or your relatives because before you know it you’ll be getting a phone call from someone saying they’re not with us any more.
When we moved here from up north, who would have thought it was necessary to be part of a “Neighborhood Watch” program?
We all lived in a community of neighbors, each of our homes separated by 15 feet, one from another, so you kind of knew what was going on just by peering out the front door or any window. Sometimes we would wish there was a little more breathing space between each other because it seemed like we all knew each others business without having to ask, so it was sort of a natural watch of each other.
It’s different here, my neighbors are all 150 feet to my left or behind me, so if I want to know if all’s well I better get on the phone or go over and see if they’re okay, otherwise I’m lost.
I’ve learned a lot since becoming a part of our “Neighborhood Watch” program because I never realized how many new friends I have, who just call to say “I’ve been thinking about you!”
Can you believe it, someone here actually cares if I’m alive just because they haven’t heard from either of us in a week or two. Now that’s what I call “neighbors helping neighbors.”
While I think of it, do you belong to a “Neighborhood Watch” group where you live? If you don’t, seems like a good idea to do something about it and become a group coordinator.
You’d be surprised how many others were thinking of doing it but never took the initiative to do so.
You know in the service or any security program there’s a saying that goes like this, “Don’t worry, I’ve got your back!” Now wouldn’t it be great if someone has your back besides a friend or relative hundreds of miles away. It doesn’t cost anything to become a coordinator but it will pay dividends in terms of people who really care.
So, give me a call at 707-9314 and one of us will help you get the ball rolling in your neighborhood.
Not only will you be doing a great service to your neighbors but you’ll also be a great help to Chief Hoover and the other members of Public Safety by being that extra pair of eyes, so desperately needed to help them, keep us safe.
By THOMAS COVINO