Contemplation From A Mountain Man

| 9/4/2011 2:06:08 PM

potato left  

Living on our little homestead on the side of a mountain is a great way to live. There are abundant deer plus other wild animals. Yesterday morning Carol had to make a grocery trip to town and as she was leaving for town just down the road from our house a mountain lion (very large mountain lion according to her) crossed the road in front of her.  Where there are deer there are usually mountain lions nearby and we have lots of deer. 

Those are  the really great things about living off by ourselves on the side of our mountain.  There are downsides also.  One of which is that last night a pack rat chewed the tops off my potato plants ‘on our deck’ so that only the stems are left.  I will try to save the tub of potatoes but I suspect he will return tonight and finish the job. 

The other draw back is that living so rural where there are no close neighbors gives a mountain man time to think more than would be available in different circumstances.  Apparently that is reflected in my blogs because yesterday Carol picked up our mail in town where it has accumulated now for two weeks.  In the mail was a letter from a long time friend who lives across the country and reads my blogs on Mother Earth News. Let me share his observations and comments that he wrote to me.  I would  add that he is not only a long time friend but a truly good friend as well. 

He told me I was unique among his friends and he enjoyed my letters and writing.  (You always wonder, and it is good to hear feedback)  He then went on to tell me my blogs are well written, interesting, and informative.  But then he went on to say: "And something else - so many people these days have an ax to grind, or a chip on their shoulder.  You do not.  You are at peace with yourself and the world, and that makes for pleasant reading."  He then said - "The airwaves are full of anger to the point of wanting some fresh air and calm sanity which you provide." 

So having time and space to think here on our mountain,  I have pondered his comments to see if my  very long time friend  is just being kind or whether his words are true.  Just having the time to think also allows for some self examination.  I have contemplated every aspect of his comments and have concluded that he is right.  I am very comfortable and at peace with myself and the world.  I have come to the conclusion that what is most important in life is relationships and not trying to be someone I am not.  Both relationships with human friends and with animal friends. 

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