Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the Amish colony near Beeville, TX. In the context of modern life, it’s easy to return with a feeling of sorrow and pity for these poor people. Poor people? Would an Amish family be rich? In our standards, they live very meager existences. They are all “blue collar” workers. Their dress is very plane. Their homes simple with little embellishment. Most modern gadgets are rejected, or more correctly the desire for them. I had to empty my mind of this world to comprehend and enjoy the lives they have created in South Texas. They choose every day to empty their lives of complications to make plenty of room for friends, family and most importantly faith. They make do with what they have and make the most of their surroundings. If you have ever been to the coastal plains of Texas you know how barren and wind swept that land is. Harsh is putting it lightly. They take advantage of the winds and use windmills to pump water for drinking and irrigating their gardens in the dry summers. So while they may empty their lives of complications, they certainly don’t empty their lives of hard work and challenge. They do it. They work hard to raise their food and make a living and they won’t hesitate to stop and wave as you go by, or greet you with a smile. Through this meditation, I now see the richness they have found. Although they may not have all of our conveniences, they don’t need them. They’ve got something more.