If a man speaks or acts in pure thought,
happiness follows him like a shadow that never leaves him.
It was six thirty in the morning, and a challenge among friends had this farm girl with her running shoes on outside, and walking fast. The challenge is to walk every day, for a whole month for at least thirty minutes. Sometimes we all need a little motivation, or in my case lately, a shove, to do things that are truly good for us.
I do have one advantage over the others, I have cows. Cows, which need to be checked every day. It would be so much easier to hop into something with four wheels, then drive down and check those cows. Now, I shall use this challenge as my motivational tool to put a bit more time and effort into that job.
The sun comes up later, and later every morning as the winter tries to creep in unnoticed, ever so slowly and quietly without a fuss. Unnoticed, by the people who deal with scorching hot days, and where those early sunsets have been a relief from that heat. Winter takes advantage and creeps in bit by bit. The early evening darkness leaves us all with less time to get those last minute chores done during daylight. That light is now being snatched away at eight thirty in the evening. The days are only going to get shorter and shorter till there will not be any time left to play outside. Mornings cannot be wasted, and now is the time to grab what is left of our days. My most favourite time of day has always been the mornings.
My Grandma, being a wee bit Irish, would say “Top of the mornin’ to you.” I had no idea that she was absolutely right and the mornings are indeed the top, much like the icing on the cake. It happens to be, where beauty lies hidden, at least till the sun comes to nudge and wake it from its slumber.
Where the rusty dew drips from hay wagons, and sunbeams dance, on noses of cows. It is where mushrooms cling to tree branches that had fallen to the ground, and animals nibble the edges for breakfast. Grandma was right. I am pretty sure if you are in the right place at the right time, you may also see one of those leprechauns’ she used to go on and on about. I have yet to see one but I will never stop looking for them.
Oh yes, this challenge should be something that I should have no problem with. I just have to remember that the beauty and the mystery lie beyond my comfortable kitchen chair in front of the big window with the awesome view. I am off for day two. To see what the world outside has to offer. It looks like rain. We do indeed need the rain and another saying I love to hear, “You are not sugar, you will not melt”, comes to mind.
You know, as I sit here wrapping up this story, thoughts about cows getting out cross my mind. Something with four wheels would be very important in that case. I shall not worry about that because as my Grandma used to say, “You have the luck of the Irish on your side”, and I will always believe Grandma.
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