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Advice from Montanans
New neighbors were up for coffee a few days ago, and we were talking about all sorts of things. The condition of our road, the highway department, life in general, and then the subject of neighbors came up. And we were given the "rules of the road" for neighboring. Apparently, there are two rules, and they are...
If you ask a neighbor for help, they will be there. All you have to do is ask. And.... If you don't ask, you'll be left alone.
Only time will tell if these rules are indeed true, but I have to say I love the concept(s).
Taking these in reverse order, here's what they say to me. In general, people leave people alone to live their lives the way they want to live them. As long as you're not bothering or hurting anyone, go for it. Your life is your business, experience it. You want to try your hand at a new skill? Do it. You want to start a new project at your home? Have at it. Whatever. It's your life to live.
I think this also feeds into something else I've noticed. For the most part, Montanans aren't complainers. If something happens, they deal ... more
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