So I’m sure you have heard the acronym NIMBY? ”Not In My Backyard”…. Nimby, is a characterization of opposition by residents to a proposal for a new development because it is close to them, often with the connotation that such residents believe that the developments are needed in society but should be further away. You will often see this when it comes to Homeless Shelters, Group Homes and Addiction Programs. I have decided to create a NEW acronym! HIMBY…. “Helping In My Backyard”. During this last year, I have really become interested in being part of “The Change”. Changing the world for the better! But where do I start….. There are SO MANY save the world causes. Do I help with world hunger, do I help with world peace, do I help save the war elephants or other endangered species? Where do I start? There are so many options.
I recalled what flight attendants tell you during the pre-flight safety announcement… “In the case that the emergency oxygen masks need to be used, place your own mask on first before assisting others”. So I’ve decided to place my own mask on first when it comes to being a part of The Change. My mask is secure…now I’m ready to assist those that are nearest to me…. my community! I am hoping this will cause a ripple effect… this effect has the potential to spread worldwide.
So let’s get started! Help me get the word out about HIMBY… and encourage EVERYONE to start helping in their own backyard… Natalie Stephenson (The Soul Movement)