Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The Most Beautiful Place on Earth
I am frequently reminded of a conversation I had a couple of years ago with my neighbor, Thomas Ford. Thomas was sitting on his front porch, as he often did, looking at the world go by, which happens slowly on a country road like ours. He mostly had a view of our farm; the donkeys, chickens and goats on the hillside, the surrounding woods, and a broad sweep of the sky. Thomas was almost 90 and had lived his entire life within 3 miles of our farm. On this particular day, I stopped by to say hello and chat a bit. I don't remember much of the conversation, except for the part where he smiled and said, "You know, this is the most beautiful place on earth!" And he meant it. I have come to appreciate the beauty around us here at the farm every day. It is a privilege to be able to take a mini-break during the work day and enjoy the beautiful scenery around me. I think of Thomas often, when I take a minute to appreciate our little piece of the earth. Here are a few pictures I took on an early morning walk recently...What a beautiful place!