When we were thinking of moving to our franch several years ago, our realtor showed us the fence dividing our land from our neighbors. We agreed that it’d be the first thing to fix. “Good fences make good neighbors,” we all knew, remembering Robert Frost’s famous poem “Mending Wall” and Carl Sandburg advising, “Love your neighbor as yourself; but don’t take down that fence.” Well, we didn’t get to repairing the fence right away, and three years later, it’s actually a little worse. A bad fence gives you many opportunities to interact with a neighbor. No doubt, you really get to know a neighbor when you are searching with flashlights late at night in your neighbor’s back several hundred acres for a cow that simply stepped over the leaning fence. Over the last few years, we’ve learned that it’s nice with one less barrier to getting to know someone. You may be surprised how much you like your neighbor! Isn’t it interesting that we may have hundreds of followers on social networks, but not know if we walked by a neighbor in the grocery store? “Love thy neighbor as yourself” … period. There’s probably a reason it’s the second greatest commandment. Let your fence fall into disrepair.