Living in a Small Town

August 9, 2013

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Have you ever watched movies like Funny Farm, Dr Hollywood, Trapped in Paradise and thought how great it would be to move to a small town in the country and raise your family in this setting but didn’t know how.

Funny Farm

This is the opportunity given to us through the Internet. I’ve come to realize that life comes down to needs and wants. In a small town the wants melt away. Distractions are gone and your left with what really matters.

There’s a saying people say here. “Closer the earth. Closer to God. Different churches come together. Scout troops are organized by the community not by the church you belong to.

Sometimes money is a crutch. When I used to read investment books. It said that money was sometimes a crutch because you weren’t forced to look at a more creative way for the deal to go through. Maybe owner financing rather than just throwing money at it.

The investors that thought more creatively maximized their cash and were able to acquire more properties. Those that spent all their cash quickly, acquired less investments and were out of the game way before the ones that were more creative.

The same thing sometimes applies to life with money. Often times you’re never forced to do things in a creative way. Why would you ever learn the joy of cooking dinner? You would just pay someone to cook it for you or go out to eat all the time.

I read this talk the other day by Thomas S. Monson called “The World Needs Pioneers Today”.

pioneers

I’ve never heard him speak so bold before. He said and I quote.

We forget how the Greeks and Romans prevailed magnificently in a barbaric world and how that triumph ended—how a slackness and softness finally overcame them to their ruin. In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security and a comfortable life; and they lost all—comfort and security and freedom.

He goes on to say:

The unsatisfied yearnings of the soul will not be met by a never-ending quest for joy amidst the thrills of sensation and vice.

If a movie was made about my life would anyone want to watch it? Now I’m not saying my life has to be like Indiana Jones but in the past my life long dream was to work for 30+ years and retire in the suburbs watching TV re-runs and playing golf.

Are you serious?

Isn’t their more than just aspiring to be just a little more comfortable with every purpose? A home without as many stairs. A car that starts automatically from 100’ away with the click of a button. A phone that pauses when your eyes look away?

I think of Wall-E movie by Disney that takes place in the future with all these mindless people where these machines do everything for them.

Wall E Humans

In a rest home a person literally has all the comfort ever. They don’t get out of bed. Food is delivered to them. There wheeled into the front room to watch TV. They click a button and water is delivered to them. This is the most comfortable a person could be yet they have the least amount of freedom.

I remember seeing a commercial a while back something about being active. There were these kids in highschool all of their heads were down looking at their phones. On their leg was a huge ball and chain that they were dragging around with them. No one in the hall looked at each other. Then all of a sudden they looked up and noticed the world around them. The chain then broke and they were free.

Ball and Chain

Hiedi was telling me that in the movie Money Ball. The recruiters would look at all these insignificant things to recruit a player (girlfriend, height, weight etc…). When all was said and done. It all came down to black and white numbers. How many times a player was able to get on the base.

Money Ball

The same thing with living in a small town. Target, Costco etc… doesn’t matter. There insignificant. It all comes down to numbers. The closer you are to the earth. The closer you are to God.

I think of a scene in the movie by Disney Princess and the frog. Tiana is the main character of the movie. Her mother cleaned the mayor’s home and made princess dresses for his daughter who had everything that money could buy.

Princess and the Frog Charlotte

Tiana and her mother rode the bus home. Then her Mom and Dad cooked dinner in the kitchen together and talked about their day. After the gumbo was made they invited all the neighbors over to share it with them. It showed the contrast with having everything money can buy verses everything money can’t buy.

Princess and the Frog Family

Money is not bad but I think the way you live can definitely limit your joy and experiences in life. People that I admire are those that have money yet you wouldn’t know it by the way they act, live and the things they do. Money to them is just a tool to help others less fortunate. I think this is how the apostles live.

I think about the book Precious Jeopardy by Lloyd C. Douglas. It was the Christmas season and this man lost his home and job. He was unable to provide for his family and contemplated suicide.  But then finally he came to himself and stopped holding on to everything so tight. He took a job beneath him but loved it. He awoke from this deep sleep he was in and started to live for the first time with his family.

Precious Jeopardy

I’ve had some large responsibilities with my career in the past yet who cares. What did it take from me? The stress it caused. Some times it’s just nice to just sit on the front porch with my family verses hike mount Bora.

All the Best!

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