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Friday, July 2, 2010

How do you stay motivated?

I am hoping for some responses for things that others do to stay motivated in being a part of trying to improve their neighborhoods. I have been organizing a monthly cleanup in Edgewood for almost two years now, started the Friends of Edgewood Recreation Center, started a community garden for Edgewood at the rec center, trying to get us an outdoor movie night at the rec, and numerous other projects including the Tuesday walk/run/bike group for Edgewood and this blog.

Maybe I'm burned out or just fustrated by the things that still go on in this neighborhood that I see everyday as I walk my dogs. Trash is still thrown everywhere, kids throw rocks at each other/other people/houses/cars, anything new is not appreciated/destroyed - I could go on and on. I guess my big question to myself lately is why should I keep picking up the trash - I don't litter. Why should I spend so much time trying to get Edgewood new projects and services if I will have to maintain them as well - why can't I just wait for someone else to do the work? I have many great neighbors who do just that wait for things to get better instead of help them along. Am I really making any difference? Are there any others in the community that feel the same way?


  1. I'll probably post more at length on this, but one of the things that first responders are taught is to make eye contact with a bystander and make a specific ask (like "You! Call 911 and tell them that there's a fire at First and Main.") You can also look for local resources and training on community development. If we can get neighbors, civic association leaders, and ANCs to work together, then I bet you wouldn't feel so alone.

    In the meantime, I hope this will help: thanks for what you're doing. It's not easy, but your hard work is appreciated.

  2. what elle said. sometimes you feel like you're the only one who gives a rip about your block, your neighborhood, your city. but you're not alone, and everything you do is very much appreciated!