|The Barn In A Rare Rain|
They have given me knowledge, insight, skill(s), history, comfort, challenge, stability. I am one of the geeks who can't contain my joy when the new year of 'word for each day' calenders arrive each December! lol I admit to being one of those who flips thru the dictionary and thesaurus as a recreational activity (yes, really).
Not stock market and fashion, but rainfall and rain-fail.
Suddenly, magically, brooding/broody becomes about goals, dreams, future. "Farm speak" brooding describing hens that are sitting on eggs in their nest. Things hoped for. Things yet to be.
The farm shows me the lessons of the broody hen. Dedication, tending and waiting with no guaranteed outcome. I may patiently brood my nest of egg-ideas-plans-dreams and have no chicks. Or I may have significant success. Or a mix of some success amid some loss. But there would be no success without the attempt without the brooding. I've learned (and continually re-learn) the efforts must be based on the goal, the dream, the hoped for future outcome. The effort can not be based on controlling the outcome, or any guarantee. The farm continues to help me grasp the truth that life is comprised of goals and gifts amid hard work (brooding). But not on guarantees. Never on guarantees. Life, like nature, is far too fluid for guarantees. Work hard and long with hope and anticipation ~ not with expectation, righteous demand ,entitlement or attempts at dictating outcome.
*Leave the attitude at the barn and farmhouse door*
Right down to the expanded meaning and life-application of