What does it mean to live in community? Everyone has their own version of what it means. It helps me to think about the Golden Rule. Always look for the best in others and avoid gossip. There are always people who are unhappy about one thing or another. Management must get frustrated with some of us who are always complaining. After attending a regional meeting of other resident council members, I realize everyone has the same issues.
One of the other community residents recommended a book Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct by P.M. Forni, professor at Johns Hopkins University. I am reading it now. The Howard County Maryland Library system bought 2,000 copies of his book and started their own project, Choose Civility.
Charlestown management and the Residents’ Council promote harmonious living. It is another way to be civil to those we come in contact everyday. It takes so little effort to be nice to others. It makes living in community so much more pleasant.