My New Year's Resolution

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May sound easy but believe me, I've been trying to do the things in this list for the longest of time and I have always failed miserably. But as they say, "Try and try until you succeed, or die trying." Let's look at this list for a while:

  1. Praying to see the best in people. Yes, it's easy if the people involved are family or friends. But what if the person is your neighbor who doesn't care about anyone in his neighborhood, you know, like my present neighbor, who, at this time of writing, that's 1:34 a.m. on New Year's day, is celebrating the New Year with his drunken friends and singing the karaoke at full volume mindless of the fact that his neighbors, like myself, would want to go to sleep but just couldn't because of all the noise and racket they are creating? This is just the first day of the year and I already want to give up on my New Year's Resolution, grrrrr. Still think this is easy?
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  2. A heart that forgives the worst. I tell you, this neighbor of mine isn't going to bed anytime before 4 a.m. That would also be about the time that I get to have a peaceful night's, no make that morning's, sleep. How can I forgive this uncaring and inconsiderate neighbor? Can anything be worse than this? On the first day of the year? When I just listed down my New Year's Resolution?
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  3. A mind that forgets the bad. When I wake up later today, after finally getting some sleep by 4 a.m., this neighbor of mine will be having new guests to celebrate New Year's Day lunch with! There will be food and drinks and more, more karaoke singing. How can I forget the bad when it's being forced down your consciousness seemingly without end? Who invented New Year's Resolution anyway? How can I forget the bad when this guy is making me a nervous wreck?
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  4. A soul that never loses faith in God. By maybe 2 p.m. later today I might be ready to be an atheist, forget God, and start a war with my neighbor. Woooh that would be really really great, wouldn't it? But usually, by 6 p.m. they'll all be dead drunk and fall asleep and finally, the neighborhood will become peaceful and that'll last till the next party which will still be a few months from now. Hah, there's a light at the end of the tunnel. A silver lining in the horizon. A breather, a space where I can become sane again and begin thinking of what I should do as a Christian in the face of a seemingly hopeless case.
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    Life is indeed a challenge. A challenge to become better, and as a Christian, a challenge to be worthy of the Father. In my sane moments (when Mr. Neighbor isn't celebrating anything) I begin to realize that God throws us these challenges to make us better persons. And after I think 8 years of being neighbors, I have come to the conclusion he's probably the one who's going to make a saint out of me.

I had a ball making this post, really. To talk about my neighbor, who, at this time of my signing off, that's 2:32 a.m. of New Year's Day 2018, is still belting out "Wildflower" on the karaoke. I know he's having a good time. And, after all these years, at times like these, I've learned to go to bed with my earphones and live and let live.

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A Very Very Happy New Year To One And All! God Bless You More And Always.

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I'm sorry you have an inconsiderate neighbor. I always invite my neighbors to my parties, that way I know we aren't bothering them. Do the police there respond to noise complaints?

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They used to invite us to their parties when they first transferred about 8 years ago. However, we never really enjoyed these as they were mostly eating, drinking and karaoke with little interaction on the intellectual level. We have made excuses not to join their parties after a while and they eventually caught on and have stopped inviting us anymore. We also thought that maybe by refusing to attend their parties we sort of get the message across to them that we hoped that they would not make so much noise. And I noticed too that in his parties, not one of our neighbors attend anymore so I guess I was not the only one feeling that way.

We are lucky that about 5 to 6 years ago our mayor banned the use of karaoke after 10:30 pm , whether inside or outside the premises so they had no choice but to follow. Since the ban is a city ordinance the police can be called on to report violations. But Christmas and New Year's eve are exceptions and I think (I still have to check) the ban on karaoke is lifted on these 2 days.

I really don't want to speak ill of anyone but I will make an exception this once. They are really inconsiderate people and have been the reason why we want to transfer to another place but we cannot get a good price on our house so far. But we have learned to bear with their inconsiderate ways and became more patient with them. If, one day, you read about me being beatified, it's because of this neighbor of mine har har har har.

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I don't think you are speak about your neighbors, you are speaking your truth. You should check out the ban, because even if they lifted the 10:30 cut off, they probably changed it to 1 or 2 in the morning. I would think that even if they didn't set a cut off time, the level of noise would probably be covered under another ordnance.

I'm sure there is a nice peaceful place for you in heaven! God will see that you were able to see the benefit of noisy neighbors - patience!

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Ha ha ha. As I said this neighbor of mine has just launched my journey to sainthood. As I write this reply, the whole neighborhood is so quiet and peaceful which normally I wouldn't appreciate so much had they not moved in. It so true you only miss the things you enjoy when you lose them.

I will be inquiring about the ban in preparation for next year lol.

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