Daniel Lapin, author of Business Secrets from the Bible, tells a story of his Great Great Grandfather, who bought a table from a neighbor for five dollars. The neighbor was going to have to pay five dollars just to have it picked up. She felt good about this transaction. She saved five dollars and earned five dollars. She is up by $10. Grandpa Lapin then goes to the hardware store and spends a dollar on some hardware to fix up the table. After the table is fixed he sells the table for $10.00 to a newlywed couple who were going to pay $20.00 for a different table. So now the couple can spend the 10 dollars they saved on something else in the community and the village just keeps prospering.
When we do business at the local level, or when we buy something from each other at the online yard sale or pick up, repair, and resell something we found at the local give away spot here in the valley. 😉 We are helping our community prosper. Every little cent counts. The village in the example was up by $21.00 just by this one transaction. I’m sure it went on from there. Business in the valley benefits everyone. One person prospering can only be a good thing for his neighbor. We can celebrate that person’s success because it will inherently benefit the whole community.
Let me tell you a true story of how doing business with your neighbor can help you prosper in the land. Lark Harrington, posted on the PV online yard sale that she was on the look out for some vintage aprons. I just happened to have some for her to look at in my storage unit collecting dust. I traded my vintage aprons for $30.00 dollars that day. Now, sitting at the local Antique store, Wild Rose Junktiques, was the most beautiful fur shrug, I had my eye on for months. It was thirty dollars. I jumped in my minivan and drove the ten minutes down the road and picked up my fur. A few days later, my friend Andrea, the owner of the Wild Rose Junktiques, stopped by for dance lessons from my daughter for $30.00. Lark may have given me 27.00 and the shrug might have been a little more but you get the idea. The fact is all of our lives benefited from Lark asking for aprons.
We must not be so afraid of our neighbor’s success anymore. We must try harder to insure it. Shirley Davis, was an example to me, of someone who looked for ways to help people in the valley by doing business with them or sharing her resources with them. Our family was blessed to live in her rental home when we had no where else to go. There were no rentals and we had two house payments because our home in Arizona hadn’t sold. She was more than good to us. And her willingness to share her resources gave us time to get back on our feet.
Many people in the valley, Matt Harrington (woodwork), Robert Park (Electrical) and the Nathan Collier (Trash Pickup), are all examples of people who I’ve done business with that have charged a very fair price for their work and have been really generous with their talents and services.
Despite what seems to be a widespread American belief that people only prosper at the expense of invisible victims, business is good for communities. Transactions between two individuals that improves the quality of life for both is Godly and righteous. Honest dealings with our fellow man, develops relationships, creates economic stability helps the poor and builds communities. People need work and to interact with others in a positive fulfilling way. It is a basic need. So next time you have a choice between doing business in the Valley, or buying from Amazon, try to find a way to help your neighbor. The money will inevitably come back to you.
The first thing we learn in Graphic Design is that white space is a good thing. As a student, I had a hard time with that concept in my design and in other aspects of my life. I use to get really nervous unless I was talking or someone else was, like when there was a lull in the conversation. I felt like I needed to fill every quiet space with words. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned the value of quiet, white space and space in all aspects of my life.
One of the many things I love about this Valley is that it is so much like a big, beautiful white canvas. Take the Church Ball Park for example. One day it is a place for the young ones to learn the to play football, on another day it is a place for us to come together to raise funds for one of our townspeople, still on another day while it is being watered, it becomes a place to skim board. It is a highly functional space that can be anything we want it to be at any given time.
Our Children’s Park could be very much a place like that. Unfortunately, the only usable space we have is a volleyball court, prone to weeds and not at all usable most of the time. The skate park area has become more dangerous than fun. Since we do not have sidewalks for the children to practice skateboarding, it is difficult for the children to use it for it’s intended purpose. While on the subject of sidewalks, the Children’s park is one of the few places where children can ride their bikes or power wheels safely away from the street.
What I would love to see is the removal of the skate area, the creation of a blank grassy area in place of the volleyball court and perhaps, if we could find a way, a play road for bikes and power wheels outlining the entire park.
The Removal of the skate area – as explained earlier, it isn’t being used for it’s original purpose. While it is perfect for daredevils and small children’s big imaginations, it isn’t always safe. At the same time, it also takes up prime real estate next to the volleyball court. It may be expensive to move but I believe it will be worth it.
The re-purposing of the Volleyball Court- The park has been designed to fill every space with purpose. And every space is taken by park equipment and sidewalks. Still, we can not know exactly what we will need at every moment of the year. Some days it would be nice to have a family reunion picnic, other times it would be great to have the space for yard games. If every space is taken for a specific purpose, the park becomes very limited and thereby less functional. We need that space for a myriad of functions.
A Play Road away from the street- Sidewalks are out of the question. A walking path is a dream that keeps dying. And still, the children need a place to learn to ride their bikes and play with their power wheels or remote control cars. A play road would serve all these purposes and would be a fun play space all year round. If we could find a way to make one that circles the entire park, it would be great exercise for kids and parents walking alongside.
I know that the idea of having a splash pad during the summer is exciting and as the days get warmer, the idea just keeps getting better. But the truth is, we can purchase portable water features and find a place to store them during the rest of the year leaving the park available for other functions. Maintenance and set up would be a breeze making it more likely to have it done by summer.