Community is one of the perks of Rural Life. A village is a group of rural people. The people who make up a village are frequently down-to-earth and have a common sense outlook of life that keeps them humble. These are individuals that are conservative versus fad chasing or materialistic.
An important role of village life is helping your neighbors. Each one of us has unique talents, characteristics and experiences. We are regularly called upon to lend a hand to family, a neighbor or friend. We grow to appreciate, trust and depend on each other.
Neighbors quickly become true life-long friends. By working together we build bonds through leadership, problem solving and sharing stories. This leads to socializing for fun and participating in common interest activities. Our lives are shared and celebrated together. Often times these friendships are shared across several generations of people.
There is a definite hospitality that rural folks express; a genuine sense of caring and willingness to help each other. There is also a deep respect for the older people in the community and acceptance of the wisdom and experience they have lived through.
The ability of a Husband and Wife to manage and work on a family farm or ranch together is pretty amazing. To share a common goal with a life-long partner, make those goals a reality and pass a sustainable family business on to the next generation is not an everyday occurrence. Farmer’s and ranchers are required to have knowledge and skills in a variety of areas to be successful. Business manager, crop and/or livestock supervisor, mechanic, and everyday laborer are all frequently done by a Husband and Wife team. Not every industry can say that.
Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, said “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. … And like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.”
It takes a special person to live a rural lifestyle and be a leader in the community. It takes a special person to work day in and day out next to their spouse tending the land and livestock and making business decisions. The passion that Ranchers and Farmers have for people, land and livestock is what makes their work satisfying and the work they do great.