For many years I've collected quotes, either on scraps of paper scattered around my house or in books that are tucked on my bookshelves. I'm always amazed when a writer can convey an idea or a thought in one sentence, concise and to the point. Author often use a quote at the beginning of a paragraph as a jumping off point.
Here are a couple of quotes and the thoughts they evoke.
“The true New Yorker secretly believes that anyone living anywhere else must somehow, in a sense, be kidding.”
- John Updike
No, we're not kidding.
The Farmer and I were both raised within spitting distance of Chicago, one of the largest, most exciting and interesting cities in the world. It is a wonderful place, but as young adults we knew it was best held at arm's distance. And that's where we are. The city is 50 miles away if we need a dose of high culture, opera (not likely), art and noise. The sound of the "El" screeching along the tracks is enough to make your skin crawl.
The move was made in increments, slowly west we creeped, into suburbia and then into the farthermost edges of civilization. When we first moved to this place, electric service was unreliable. Really. It seemed like every time a dark cloud passed overhead the electricity went out. It felt good to be faced with odd little challenges like how to plow 24 inches of snow first thing in the morning.
Our neighbors love to ask a newcomer, "Have you got your blade yet?", to which the newbie stammers, "Blade, what's a blade?" A blade is a heavy attachment to your truck, tractor or lawn tractor that will allow you to push snow. Lots of snow.
Lots of people dream about living in the country, with or without the livestock and acreage. At some point you have to just do it. It may require simplifying your life in ways you never dreamed. There are people who have done it, walked away from successful careers in California and moved to spots in Missouri, fifty miles from the nearest cell tower.
If you think you can't live without "stuff", I'm here to tell you that it's possible. HA......get this, I was born before most of that stuff was invented and I can tell you we lived plenty well without it.
If you want to realize a dream you must first name it. What's your dream of how your life would look if you could go forward and change?
Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic. Begin it now.
Mine is a constant work in progress.
This week we met Natasha and Donna, who moved to the country nine years ago. Read the story of the transformation of their family and their lives.
THE LAMB OF GOD FARM
EDIT. NOTE: Not everyone is cut out for the "full monty" of living out in the country and sometimes it's just not possible to make that move, but we can all carve a little spot of quiet and solitude to decompress and bring a bit of the country into our lives. More about that next week.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -