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*this* John W. Hays' take on things and experiences

Second Greatest

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As I stepped out our front door to get my shovels for clearing off the deck yesterday morning, I heard the sound of a car engine in front of our garage doors. I came around the corner to find a gentleman walking around his car and we exchanged greetings. He said he lived just five miles away near the Rush River and added that our place looked really beautiful.

Dawn, Sunday morning.

Then he said he wanted to tell me about three things in the Bible… I politely interrupted him to let him know he didn’t need to finish. He asked how long we’d lived here and we shared a few more tidbits about ourselves. I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to do a little proselytizing, myself.

I said that I am all about love. He lit up and said love was what Christianity was about. My response is that love is what all religions are about.

My second greatest accomplishment after taking action to treat my depression is my enlightenment about embracing love as the single most important intention humans should focus on every single day in our thoughts and actions as we navigate our way through life. Love for other people, ALL people, animals, nature, the planet, ourselves, the universe, and mysteries in planes of existence we can’t even prove exist.

When you allow yourself to truly love, it makes it easier to forgive.

Love is magical.

Yesterday morning was a foggy one. It was a freezing fog, actually. While feeding the horses and cleaning up, I made my way in and out of the barn many times, getting their feed pans, filling bags of hay, getting the wheelbarrow and scooper, and retrieving their empty feed pans. Each time I came out of the barn, the fog had increased.

Dusk, yesterday afternoon.

First, I couldn’t see the evergreen trees across the road. Then, I couldn’t see the road. Eventually, I couldn’t see anything around us. It didn’t last long but it was around long enough for delicate ice crystals to form on everything the fog touched. I loved it!

While I was visiting with the guy in front of our garage, the icy crystals started snowing down off tree branches all at once. It created a fairy tale scene that made it seem like we were in a snow globe ornament.

At noon, I went down to the barn and worked on freeing the big sliding doors from ice that formed after the last storm of freezing drizzle and rain/drizzle/snow. A little calcium chloride helped get the job done.

With our winter hours, I’ve been feeding horses in the morning before the sun comes up and in the afternoon after the sun has gone down.

I sure love the views we get to enjoy.



Written by johnwhays

January 10, 2023 at 7:00 am

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  1. The last photo fitted perfectly… summed up all that you expressed… if that is possible. Nice one, John!

    Ian Rowcliffe

    January 10, 2023 at 1:20 pm

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