This week, the entire street where I live has been decorated with fabulous flowers.

Every time you walk to and come back from work these lovelies are waiting to greet you, boost your mood and make you smile.

Every single window sill in my street is carefully decorated by a multitude of clay pots of plants and flowers.

Spring is definitely in the air and every piece of it is due to the kindness and good will of the neighbour’s association who regularly meet to discuss relevant issues to the area and organize activities.

This is the kind of results you get when there is a spirit of solidarity and collaboration which gives a touch of humanity to a gigantic cosmopolitan capital.

How many people these days living in a massive capital can actually admit to really knowing their neighbour, seeing their faces regularly and greeting each other in a civilized manner?

For the vast majority unfortunately, the experience of living in big urban spaces revolves around competition, tension, rivalry, suspicion and pressure.

Basically everybody is out for themselves! Take it with a pinch of salt!! Welcome to the jungle!!!

In this scenario, the simple gesture of giving away a pot of flowers to people who share the same residential area can do wonders to nurture community spirit, fight isolation and develop useful connections as well as local networks.

Some cities are so ingrained into the work culture that people’s mentality becomes geared towards the work culture and it’s major by product: networking. In consequence, genuine socializing and spontaneous human interaction rarely happens. How sad is this?

Just think about this: when was the last time you actually spoke to someone without having any hidden agenda, vested interest or looking to get something from that person?

In a way, the world recession has been a reality check for many individuals. Since the beginning of recession with its entailing job losses, those who regarded the workplace as the centre of their world have started to look beyond their own noses.

They realised it is vital after all to have a life outside the workplace, to have more time to appreciate the small things in life, to nurturing family ties and real friends.

The ongoing process of losing what seemed almost ensure for life (the job, the professional identity and its useful networks that enable you to secure a good job and satisfy every single personal need) seemed suddenly outdated and obsolete.

This meant the recession affected every single network and its connections…nobody was safe anymore.

It may be fair to say that the most devastating effect of the recession was felt by those who only valued work contacts, ignoring every single human being near and around them.

Suddenly without a work title, a professional network, a loving family or social circle they felt crippled, minimal and devalued. Since then most people have started to appreciate more whatever they own, share and value the basic things in life.

The bottom line is that big urban spaces are regarded generally as concrete jungles but people should still strive towards humanity.

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