Be a Good Neighbor

By: Chaunte McClure

Let’s face it: Life is hard sometimes. No matter who you are or where you’re from, there are circumstances and challenges that make life difficult. We get frustrated, angry, mad, and sad, even to the point of tears. Of course, we question why those trials are our reality. They happen with our job, family, friends, associates and even people we don’t know.

During these encounters we may think we are the only ones who feel the weight of our burdens. Today, I learned differently. Actually, it’s best to say I was reminded that’s not the case. Last week I became overwhelmed from all the bricks that were thrown at me, but thankfully, I realized that I needed to step back and regroup before I made some poor decisions.

Pick Me UpSomeone saw my struggles, felt my burdens and thought I may need a pick-me-up. So what did she do? She gave me these freshly picked flowers and a note of encouragement.


Acts of kindness always sweeten bitter moments. Her gesture reminded me of a day during my last semester at USC. I remember going out with a couple of classmates to a florist in West Columbia to cover a story on Good Neighbor Day. The assignment was part of the semester-long practicum where seniors produce a daily newscast. It was a light-hearted, fun story about a West Columbia florist that distributed a dozen roses to residents to share with 12 neighbors. It was all part of National Good Neighbor Day to remind us to be a good neighbor.

Thank you, my friend, for being a good neighbor.

I encourage you to be a pick-me-up to someone. One day you’ll need one too.

Has someone brightened your day lately? Spread some good cheer and share your experience in the comments.

By the way, according to, Good Neighbor Day is September 28.

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