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     As the years slowly work to change our rural way of life, may our goal be to keep the warmth of community, the worth of individual effort and responsibility, and of individuals working together as a community, to better their lives and their children’s future. This is our rural culture.


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A Blessing for Presence 

May you awaken to the mystery of being here                   
And enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.
May you have joy and peace in the temple of your senses.
May you receive great encouragement when new frontiers      beckon.
May you respond to the call of your gift
And find the courage to follow its path.
May the flame of compassion free you from falsity.
May warmth of heart keep your presence steady and            anxiety never linger about you.

May your outer dignity mirror an inner dignity of soul.
May you take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that          seek no attention.
May you be consoled in the secret symmetry of your soul.
May you experience each day as a sacred gift, woven            around the heart of wonder.

John O’Donohue (1998). Eternal Echoes: Exploring our Hunger to Belong. London, Bantam Books.



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