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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Prairie Mindsets

I don't live on the prairie.  I never have. Oh, I have visited them, and I do have a brother and extended family firmly entrenched in Minnesota, but I don't think that counts.

I do, however, have a 'prairie mindset.'  Though, to be honest, I am making that term up, too, and defining it to prove my point.  But I digress.

A prairie mindset doesn't mean that your head is filled with endless fields of waving wheat or visions of wells and churns and soddies.  It doesn't mean you wear sunbonnets, button up shoes and long skirts as you leave your farm and make your weekly walk into town.


Cloudy prairie landscape
Image courtesy of dan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
What does it mean, then?  Simply that you are embracing the spirit of the pioneers are you build your life, family, and home.  No matter what the environment you find yourself in (urban, rural, etc.), you can carve your life out to reflect what is important to you all the while pushing boundaries just that little bit further, and never losing an adventurous spirit.

The pioneers did that.  They went into unsettled landscapes, worked with the resources at hand, and built lives for themselves.  They weren't concerned with doing anything splashy enough to warrant inclusion in history books, nor did they invent and contrive so as to earn patents and worldwide acclaim.  They were busy building their lives, supporting their families, and working toward a 'better future.'

I want that.  I want to be unafraid to go somewhere others rarely tread.  I want to use whatever is at hand, rather than whining about what I don't have.  I want to embrace my circumstances and use them as my starting point for building something more.  I want to build my family and life around what I feel is important.

Even if modern society doesn't approve.  Even if it's hard.  Even if my children grumble.

I don't want an easy life.  I want a life worth living.

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