There are many near-legendary stories of barn-raising parties from the past. People would get together and work incredibly hard, not for money or recognition, but for the community and a good meal or two. These days that can sound like folklore, but somehow, I had the good fortune to experience it.
Moving onto our farm, I believed it would be simple to bring my horse home. We would convert the old cattle feeding building into a barn, set up some fences, and presto!
Apparently, having no experience in construction has a price…
I learned that our cattle building was leaning due to a poor foundation, and it had to be torn down. I was distraught. We were already stretched thin financially having just bought the farm; there was no way we could afford to build a barn from scratch. I desperately wanted to move Grace home and my heart ached at the probability of it taking many years.
Just when I thought I was out of options and I would have to put my dreams on hold, a beyond-belief helpful neighbour decided to donate his contracting knowledge, time, and many materials. As if that wasn’t enough, he brought his excavator over to dig proper footings and drainage. Other members of the community also contributed their labour to the project, as did friends and family from far and wide. Even a few of my clients donated their working hands and recycled supplies.
Over that summer the building was taken down board by board, saving every piece of material possible. That fall, board by board, the barn was rebuilt with blood, sweat, and only a few tears. Together we created a safe, strong and reliable home for Grace.
The project was completed at a fraction of the cost with copious gifts and gratitude. Each time I look at it, I see all the faces of an incredible group of people. Every nail, plank, and piece of steel has a beautiful story to tell, reminding me how fortunate I am to live amongst such generosity and cooperation.
It can be so easy to get sucked into the stories we hear on the news and believe that the world is inherently broken. All over the planet people are fighting, hungry, sick and dying. But there are also stories just like this one, happening in every corner of the earth. People working hard to unite instead of divide, making positive changes even if in the smallest of ways.
May every act of kindness we receive restore our sense of hope, and inspire us to pay it forward.
Have there been any inspiring events encouraging faith in humanity for you? Tell me about it, I would love to know.
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