“You Gotta Ring Them Bells and meet your neighbors”
By John Cohn |Community Contributor
Much like Apollo Creed staring down Sylvester Stallone in Rocky, the long cold dark
days of winter stare us straight in the face. Relentless. Unforgiving. But no worries folks, we’ve been through this before, and we can do it again.
The key to Chicago winter blues survival is a little personal contact with actual people. You know… that of the non-iPhone variety. That’s right, this is the time of year to meet and greet any chance you get.
A great example of this can be found in the song “Ring Them Bells,” written by Bob
Dylan and popularized by Liza Minelli. It’s about a woman looking to meet the man of
her dreams and fall in love.
She has no luck in her building, at work, in her home city or even traveling the entire
country. Finally, and desperately she travels abroad to various foreign countries still looking for that elusive love connection.
At long last, in one of those faraway places she finally meets that special someone. She asks him where he is from, and amazingly, he is not only from the same city in the United States as she is, but she also discovers he lives in the exact same building as her and even more surprisingly, in the apartment next door. She had travelled across the world to meet the guy next door when all she needed to do was ring his doorbell and say hi.
So even on those days when you don’t feel like socializing, go for it. Be they strangers, mild acquaintances, neighbors or work partners—or maybe someone in the elevator, shopping center or restaurant—go ahead and make the effort and say “Hello” to get a conversation started.
I can’t quite promise the new love of your life, but a few friendly greetings might help you get through the cold, wind and darkness of the coming days.
Cohn-fucious thought of the month: “The tree that bends is rarely the one that breaks.”