Sunday, September 29, 2013


Recently some friends of ours initiated a collection for another friend who is in need of a particular surgery- an operation that has become more and more pressing as time passes. Some of you know who I'm talking about! Emails went around and the funds were raised in a pretty short period of time.

This same miracle occurred on our behalf in February 2012. Friends, neighbors and people I don't even know collected funds and delivered them to us so we could travel to attend Charlie's and Braden's funeral in Washington state. There were actually 2 different groups, completely independent of each other, who participated in fund raisers. It’s inspiring and humbling to me to see a community come together like that!

It reminds me of …barn raising. Now bear with me a minute.

In Seven Habit for Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey teaches us what it means to be interdependent. This is the ability to work effectively with other people to accomplish more than you would on your own. So- 1 person might produce (x) in 1 day. 3 people might produce (x3). But 3 people working together effectively might produce (x10) or more per day.

In the days of Little House on the Prairie (I love both the show and the book series) people didn’t have television, the internet, or personal electronic devices to entertain them. They had to invent their own fun and it often involved getting together with other people. Spring dances, church going, and simple dinner parties were just a few fun people activities. They also helped each other bring in crops and raise barns. They learned to work well together and have fun doing it. And boy did those barns go up quick!

Anybody need to raise a barn?

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