The Social Contract Cont-CommunityPosted Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at 4:28 PM
Living in small towns has both advantages and disavantages. People know each other well, but then again, they know your business well too.
Liz Gluch was a great example of community. Liz and Ralph lost everything that they owned in a house fire in the late 60's or early 70's. People helped them to replace some of the things that they lost. Liz never forgot their kindness.
In later years, Liz obtained her realtor's license and began selling real estate. I cannot begin to tell you how many people she helped to get their first home or farm. Not only did she do that, but she helped establish a disaster fund for families in need with her own monies and various fund-raising efforts.
Liz passed away a few years ago. Because I haven't lived in Glenns Ferry for some years, I probably couldn't list a third of her accomplishments. However, she is just a small sample of what a small community can do in giving a hand-up to those in need.
The Elmore County Fair has had more than its share of volunteers. People who have worked hard in the back-ground to provide our youth with a great 4H experience.
So in this transient world that we live in, how do we establish that small town community experience? Again, it begins with you. It isn't just your wallet that is necessary, but your time and energy too. We don't all need to be talented in the same areas, but our help is needed just as much.
There used to be a saying: "bloom where you are planted". I take that to heart many times because I would like to do it all. Keep it simple and in some situations, keep it quiet.
A community isn't neccesarily where you reside, but where your heart is. In today's technology, we can reach out to many people with a few keystrokes. Discover where it is that you want to put your efforts in making a difference in this world.
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Fixing fence is the one of the hardest jobs on a ranch. I no longer live on a ranch, but I do know what hard work is. Fences are everyone's concern, but nowadays,the "hole" is always your neighbor's side not your own. It used to be that you would respect your neighbor and mend the fence together. If their cows got in your field, a simple phone call resolved the problem. You might even saddle up your own horse and help them gather them up. We need more people who are willing to roll their sleeves up and fix the fence regardless of who your neighbor is. There are people in this country who need to be reminded that a fence is like the way you should conduct your life. Your posts should be straight and neat. The wire needs to be stretched tight and your gate might be closed, but can still be easily opened. And most of all, we can all saddle up together and ride the range, it won't matter if you have an Appaloosa, Quarter Horse or Thoroughbred. The cows still have to be gathered, fences have to be fixed, and the range is a wide open space of opportunity for us all.