After too many dreary, rainy, cloudy, raw-feeling days, the sun is shining brightly today. “Out!” I said to the animals. “Out you go!!” Yesterday, we opened their gates as the muddy, soft ground was starting to freeze up, making a firm enough foundation for them to walk on without ruining the pasture. It cuts down on hay use when they can graze in the pasture. Plus, the bonus of exercise is good for them.
However, this morning I heard them complaining and grumbling. They were expecting their meals-on-wheels to be delivered to them. They wanted to soak up the sun and have the work done for them. Not even leaving a tip!
I started with Happy. He does get his hay since he doesn’t get to roam the pasture with the others. Happy is a good boy for me, but is a bit of a control-freak, wanting everyone to do what he wants. You might even call him a bully. Or, just a pain in the _ _ _. After all, he is one. Sometimes, it is best just to leave asses alone.
Since it is the end of the year and a good time for reflection, as I coaxed the goats out, I thought about just how easy it is to become complacent. Doing the same things, day after day, just because that is what we did yesterday. After the goats were out, they followed me about on my walk. They enjoyed it once they were encouraged out of their status-quo.
Bernice, was more cautious. Reasonably so, checking her footing as she ventured out. After all, she is preggers again. There are times when caution is wise, of course.
The big babies were the cows. Normally, they love being out on the pasture. However, they had gotten very content with us hand-delivering their hay, not having to put much effort into their reward. Why bother exerting effort, when the reward is coming regardless of what you do, right? So, the goats and I walked through the pasture to the cow barn to see what the lazies were doing.
Would you look at that?! Those now-non-complacents are infringing in our territory! Why are they changing things up? Why are they here? Why do they think we have it better over here?
Isn’t it sad how easy it can be to stagnate, like a puddle of murky, oxygen-deprived water?
Now that the holidaze are almost over … what will you do in the New Year? Stagnate? Branch out? Exercise? Become lethargic? Motivate or drag down? Work a little harder for your reward? Sit back and feel entitled? Be complacent or challenge yourself?
I hope you keep your face to the sun and let the shadows (and nay-sayers) fall behind you.
HAPPY NEW YEAR, FRIENDS!
THANK YOU FOR READING!