It is interesting how a lesson demonstrated or learned through our little farm will often apply to my life in general.
Let’s take “Patience” for example.
Very sadly, very unfortunately, I lost a young doe goat to internal parasites. Although I had wormed her and treated her with medicine from the veterinarian, her system was unable to overcome the problem. Apparently, goats are becoming resistant to certain strains of wormers. Even though this was the first time she had been wormed, the resistance must have been passed on through genetics, her mother’s milk, …. something.
My veterinarian provided me with a different wormer to treat the two remaining does that I have. I was also given the instruction to bring in a “fresh fecal sample” 10 days later to monitor for parasites.
Normally, goats are proliferate poopers. They spew their little poop pellets like a gumball machine stuck in the open position.
Not so on the cold, windy morning I needed to collect the “fresh fecal sample.”
Enter “Patience” training.
After walking and following behind my goats with my gardening trowel and a baggie in hand with no luck, I decided to feed them. They would stay in one spot for awhile and surely, what goes in will come out.
Nope. No poop, yet, I said.
Also, luckily, they finally produced. I then took my baggie of so-labeled, “Caprine fecal sample, i.e. goat poop!” to my veterinarian’s office. Yes, that is exactly how I labeled it.
Regarding life lessons: I read the following Joyce Meyer quote,
“Patience is not the ability to wait but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.”
Sometimes I just need to keep a good attitude while waiting for the poop to pass.