Times are hard. Life is fast-paced and stressful. The economy has taken a few rough punches. You find yourself wondering sometimes if this is all life was meant to be.
Somewhere in the back of your mind, you dream. You dream of a world where time doesn’t move so fast, where the air is clear and the sky is blue, and the cost of living is reasonable. Imagine a place, your own personal “Shangra-La”, where you wake up and look out the window to see wild deer, turkeys, and squirrels frolicking in your back yard. And now imagine that you only need ten minutes to get ready for work; yep, you can have that second cup of coffee and relax. You can do that because you’ll be walking to work today, and you’ll be there six minutes after you walk out the door. Imagine a life where you actually get to spend quality time with your spouse and kids. In this dream scenario you don’t waste hours every day on a long, stressful commute to work- which all translates into your being there for that soccer game or school play.
Imagine that when you pick up your paycheck, it’s not gone by the time you pay your basic living expenses, because the cost of living just got a whole lot cheaper. There’s money left over after bills are paid, so you can actually enjoy some of the fruits of your labor.
Imagine knowing your neighbors- actually knowing them, their names and the names of their children. When you leave on vacation, they water your garden (yes, you actually grow your own fresh, organic veggies) and they mow your lawn. They notice when you’re sick or in trouble, and they even bring you cookies when you first move in. It’s all very Mayberry, and you may think it doesn’t exist anymore. But you’d be wrong.
Why not grab a cup of cofee, sit down for a few minutes and take look around? A beautiful, clean, safe and friendly community awaits you and your family here in the quiet midwest. The time is now to slow life down a notch and take time to smell those roses.