Bella Vista ex­pe­ri­ence in­spires, feeds the soul

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Con­tem­pla­tion: Where is a place on earth that one can live and fi­nally be at peace, where one can be in touch with na­ture. To be able to drive through the neigh­bor­hoods, or even to the store or one of many parks or churches, or just re­lax in the yard and see an abun­dance of wildlife. Deer and, right now, the bucks are in “vel­vet,” to see moth­ers with their fawns, one, two or three even. To be able to see squir­rels go­ing nuts and play­ing, rab­bits, rac­coons, bob­cats, turkey, ea­gles on al­most a daily ba­sis. To be able to sit in your yard and, be­cause it is so peace­ful, be able to just be at peace with one­self and take a nap if you want. The mu­sic is the wind through the tall trees and the chirp­ing of the car­di­nal, or per­haps a painted bunting. Lis­ten to your chil­dren or grand­chil­dren play with­out a care and they are safe. To have so many kind and won­der­ful neigh­bors who care about what is good in the com­mu­nity.

The abil­ity to sit out­side gaz­ing at the stars, see the thou­sands of light­ning bugs and lis­ten to the chirps of frogs and crick­ets. To be able to have ac­cess to so many lakes right in your com­mu­nity, to watch the sun­rise, sun­set, or maybe even a moon rise, and see the re­flec­tion of what God has blessed us with. To be safe from those that do so much harm in our so­ci­ety. To take your chil­dren to get an ice cream cone, or go swim­ming, or to see the beauty of so many wa­ter­falls or just take a walk or ride on a bi­cy­cle on so many beau­ti­ful trails. To take a cam­era and have so much to cap­ture with so much peace­ful beauty around. To have so many good peo­ple to give you sup­port, com­pas­sion and car­ing if and when you are in need. To take your fam­ily and go on a pic­nic and to be able to file those mem­o­ries away in your and your fam­ily’s hearts. The quiet. The seren­ity and peace. The warm love you can feel that is grow­ing in your soul. That feel­ing you have se­cretly yearned for but could not find, and you and your fam­ily have searched so long so that you can live out the days that God has given to you and to have it all with your soul mate and best friend.

Bella Vista is that place.

Is it a dream? If it is, please do not wake me. God, thank you, for such a bless­ing. CHARLES E. GRUBBS

Bella Vista

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