How many times do you check your phone? How often do you update Facebook? How many tweets have tweeted? How many photos have you posted? How many snapchats have you sent? How many vines have you videoed?
As a communications specialist at the Ranch I constantly have my eyes on a screen. I have Facebook pulled up, Youtube favoured, Twitter updating, and my email dinging. I engage in conversation all day, sometimes without saying a word.
A few years ago I made the move from a big city to a small town. While the transition took a toll on my lifestyle (like late night shopping and drive-thru suppers) it also changed the way that I see the world.
Living in a small town has given me a grandiose appreciation for the lessons that I’ve learned, some that I think everyone could benefit from:
- 1. Be friendly.
In a small town everyone waves at one another, whether it’s a familiar face or one you haven’t seen before. Say hello, make eye contact, and maybe even stir up some conversation.
When the Ranch was founded in 1966 it started as a single residential unit for six troubled boys in Pilot Butte. Today, we operate residential, clinical, community, and educational programs across the province.
It’s hard to visualize the growth but we hope this chart can help.