My philosophy of sharing

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Mine!

I used to bike a particularly up-scale neighborhood in the Woodinville (WA) area and would note the many beautiful homes and cars with almost no one home.  Each was working 6 or more days a week to make the payments on these extravagant homes with little time left to enjoy them.

My idealistic self would think “why can’t people just share?”

Lines of cars are pictured during a rush hour traffic jam on Guo

Could we reduce traffic if we just shared?

As I would drive a 45 minute commute to work each day  (which used to be a nice bike ride till the traffic became so bad it wasn’t safe to bike anymore) I would just suffer in traffic.  We were all going to close to the same places but carpooling was just too inconvenient – but if everyone did it, the drive would have been only 10 minutes.

So, since I have been blessed with one of the coolest estates I could imagine, I have decided to share it.  This is a big risk really.  Any jerk could destroy my place in a matter of hours and leave me with tears and pain.  But I take great joy in watching a family enjoying my estate.  Kids on the swing or dad fishing with his daughter on the pond or a family walking along my valley with my cattle grazing in the background and the creek gently flowing by.

These are memories I have had with my kids and they are precious to me.

So I take the risk and pray God protects my place as I rent it out to families small and large.  It not only supplies me with a retirement income but gives me many productive hours of labor given in love for others.  This gives me purpose and a goal each day.

In giving I receive abundantly.

About sanfords

Ex Microsoft Dev for 20 years. Currently retired at my ranch in Idaho near Kooskia. I like coaching Chess for kids so let me know if you are interested in those services.
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