Sunday, June 28, 2015

Getting along.....

Untwisting the chains that tie
The hidden soul of harmony.
          John Milton

  Friday evening, I sat at my window gazing at the cows that were grazing in the pastures. My eyes darted to the field directly in front of the bush. There seemed to be a lot of activity going on there.
  That was when I saw the most wondrous sight. It made me think about the way our world could/should be. I have always believed that animals can teach us a thing or two about living in our human world.


  Turkeys, oh yes there were toms and hens picking at the ground, everyone enjoying the nice evening while sharing the bounty with their friends. There were seven of them, and I took great pleasure in watching them strut about. I have always enjoyed watching them, but that evening there was more going on than meets the eye.
  While those turkeys walked around not worrying about anything, our cows were walking just in front of them. I am talking meters, not miles. The cows were also enjoying the bounty that our over-abundance of rain has provided. There was plenty of luscious green grass to go around. The cows looked up every once in a while, and they did keep an eye on the turkeys but, they were not worried about sharing their grass with them.


  The turkeys walked beside the cows, and in some cases circled around them. They did not seem to be worried about what the cows were eating, or doing. I know you think this is amazing in itself, but you are never going to believe the rest of this story.
  By that time, I had pulled out my binoculars, because I thought this was such an amazing sight. Imagine, two very different animals, all sharing the same plate (that is what I like to think).Oh, that moment touched my heart more than I can say. But, it gets even more interesting than that.


  To the right, of that sharing of the plate thing, there was something else going on. Not only was I, standing and watching the activity, there was also something else, standing and watching.  
  Our two resident coyotes were also there. I must admit for a second I had felt a bit nervous about where this story was going to go, or for that matter end. It appeared to me that there may be some trouble brewing.
  That’s when both of those coyotes looked back down to the ground, in unison. They were munching on something. The poor coyotes (that I had quickly made a judgment about their intentions), were not even interested in what those turkeys or those cows were doing. They had found their very own, something to eat, or their own plate. It may have been mice or rabbits or both. No matter, that is not the point of this story. Are you thinking the same way I am thinking?


  The animals that live here on this farm, were all sharing the plentiful bounty that was right there in front of them all. They were not worried about, who was getting more. They were not worried about who they were sharing the bounty with. They were not worried about, offending the others, or worried about being attacked for just being who they are.
  They all understood that even though they were all very different. They had come together in peace and understanding, knowing that in the grand scheme of things that they were not that different after all.


  I am positive that there was a lesson for us all somewhere in there. Don’t you think?


Later

33 comments:

  1. the whole world could learn this lesson... live and let live

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  2. That is a beautiful story and lesson on getting along together. Your photos of your cows are so beautiful. I like the one looking around the tree.

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  3. sometimes nature is harmonious. sometimes not.

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  4. It was a lovely moment for sure. Um....had enough rain yet?

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  5. There are two ways of thinking about that: Nature in harmony, the way we should be in harmony- and then nature as the survival of the fittest. Hidden beneath tranquillity lays the savage beast who looks out for it's own interests first. Any who cross the boundaries of self preservation pay the price.

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  6. Thanks, Buttons.And, as all teachers ( even retired ones) know, some folks aren't paying attention during the lesson. Unfortunate, too. Maybe one day they will keep up with the "teacher." Good decisions have been made on this side of the border lately. Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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  7. Yes, they were all getting along together which is a good thing. Great story! Love your images of the cows. Have a good day!

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  8. Mother Nature always has great lesson plans!...:)JP

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  9. Buttons,

    Humans can learn so much from animals and natures......only if we slow down and take in all that's right in front of us.
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  10. It seems that you witnessed some natural harmony - the sharing of space without the fear of repercussion. I do think animals and Nature have a lot to teach us. I always like seeing the "girls."

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  11. Absolutely, Grace! I see the sharing all the time...dogs, cats, cattle, horses, sheep, Canada geese and so on. I'm going to post about the baby bears I saw last week...twins but not sure where their mother was...didn't see her.

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  12. We can indeed learn a lot from the 'dumb' animals. And would often be better off if we did.

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  13. Nature always amazes me! I have seen some grand things out riding horses as a kid and now when I'm out hunting. We are lucky to live in such a grand world. It is just a matter of taking a few quiet moments to see it all play out. Thanks for sharing yours.

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  14. I'm glad the coyotes found some food and didn't bothered the calves. I can't help but wonder if their food was a wild turkey, rabbit or other wild creature.
    There should be some telltale of what they were eating. It's nice that you witness this harmonie.
    Have a great week.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  15. Amen to that ! I had often found the animals on our farm taught us many a lessons . Lovely post and photos . Thanks for sharing have a good evening !

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  16. We humans need to give pause to that behavior . . .
    Loved your photos!

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  17. Yes, there's a big lesson for us. Too many times we emphasize the differences rather than using our similarities. It's called working together whee we have much more strength and put in less effort. Nice story to get us thinking.

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  18. I know there is much animals teach us...now if the world would only listen.

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  19. A beautiful parable; I hope it's shared far and wide.

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  20. I enjoyed that story...Hugs M xox

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  21. Lovely story and instructive. You are a keen observer.

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  22. Love the story. once in a while I run into a big batch of turkeys on my early morning runs.

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  23. Hi Buttons ... what a great story and a fine lesson indeed! We have so many turkeys around here. I'll think of your story when I see them now.

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  24. We can always learn much from the animals. If only we can come to "live and let live" / "love and let love". Some steps have been taken to help us get there. Now we need to help each other. Sometimes learning to mind one's own business helps, too, as the animals on the farm seem to have learned!!

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  25. Yes animals and nature can teach us a lot. At the same time learning to get along with one another also means that we need to stop thinking about ourselves as indiviuals and rather as the whole of human kind. I'm so tired of people demanding "their rights" and yet if I state that I don't agree with them I'm called out about it. That's not getting along at all.

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  26. I just read Ida's comment and it is very similar to what I was going to say, but she said it better. I agree that animals can teach us a lot, but animals don't always get along, either. You have some well-behaved animals on your farm! :) Take care and have a nice week!

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  27. Oh my goodness B, there certainly is a lesson in that. What a wonderful experience for you ... and now, for us with this lovely post :D)

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  28. there is always a great lesson to be learned, to be shared!! nature/animals thrive in complete harmony, even the circle of life, it all makes sense!!!

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