“Love Thy Neighbor”
I would like to share with you all an experience I had with my neighbor. Sometimes if you be patient with a person, the goodness within them comes out…
When I moved into the city of Kampala in Uganda, I bought a piece of property and the city approved my land and put the landmarks around, showing where my property ends.
After a few days, my neighbor crossed over my landmarks and started using three meters of my land. Three meters in the city is very expensive, someone can start a business on that piece of land.
I told him that he crossed the landmark and took part of my land. He didn’t agree with what I was saying and he insisted that he knew where the landmarks stopped.
I went back in my house and I was thinking about what I could do. I came up with the idea to assume that he is a good neighbor, and three meters are not more important than being good neighbors. I started thinking about the importance of being a good neighbor, because before I got this house me and him used to cooperate and share wheelbarrows, shovels etc. We had a very close friendship. That’s why I decided to not go into conflict with him and let him take the three meters.
I didn’t stop talking to him or sharing things as we used to, and our friendship continued and we didn’t have any conflict. And since then we continued with our new life and everything was going on well.
After 6 months he came to my house early in the morning, and he said, “I need to talk to you Wilson.” Then we moved out and we sat outside. He apologized to me and said, “I made a mistake to cross the landmark and I see how good you are, so I’d like you to take back your three meters which I had stolen from you.” Then we hugged each other and we were very happy to be very close neighbors.
The reason why I wanted to share this story with all of you is that maybe one time it can happen to you that somebody does something wrong to you, so you will consider what you can do to keep friendship alive and trust in the goodness of that person, instead of just being angry and creating more conflict.