Sunday, February 7, 2016

Time to think, and not do

All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times;
but to make them truly ours,
we must think them over again honestly,
till they take root in our personal experience.
           Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Oh I just love this quote. It has always stuck with me, always waiting to pull out when I truly need to hear it.

This winter has certainly kept us all guessing. Saturday morning, we were greeted with yet another nice coat of snow, over top of the greenish grass. Our cows seem to take all of these unexpected changes in stride. We could all take a lesson from them I suppose, and try to just “Roll with the punches” as my Grandma used to say.

Two of our newest mother cows wander in a field of white, searching for that which they had partaken of yesterday. Today, and once again, those green bits are now hidden. No matter, those cows stand there to stare, and I believe to think. To wait, for winter to change her mind once again. 

All this past week I have enjoyed watching the new mothers with their calves run and skip, as if it were spring and that it was going to last. No one has ever really told them that it was just another tease. Winter is far from over. After all it is only February.

My Hero went out to feed the cows this morning, leaving me in my chair, to sit and think. Always a good thing I believe. Winter at least this one, much like life can be a funny business. Twists, turns and lots of changes thrown at you over, and over.  Continued guessing about what will be around the next corner. This constant change, now I have to admit has become exhausting. Most times I can, and have, handled these changes but sometimes you have to take some time to think, and not do.

The snow is coming down heavier now. It now looks like those cows are wasting their time looking for that green. They turn back to follow the sound of that tractor, knowing they have what they need. They seem to always know that they will have more of what they want and dream about, eventually.

This sit, think and not do thing, and after only an hour or so, has already proven to be a bit of a bore. I pull myself out of my chair and head down to pull on my coveralls and Pink Cadillac Boots. I slip out the door, to follow My Hero’s tracks in the snow. I find him standing in the barn with a smile on his face while he once again fiddles with something or other. He is content and those changes that seem to bother me, appear to “Roll of his back” easier than mine. I do believe he has been talking to those cows.

So. if anyone is looking for me. Please know this, I am taking a bit of time to just sit, wait and to think about life and hopefully learn. This will be done without a plan, any obligations and most of all without expectations. To take in with my eyes and my soul the beauty that surrounds, everyday no matter what.

So, my friends if you notice a girl standing out in the middle of a field of white, or possibly green and completely surrounded by her cows, listening intently. That may just be me.

I always knew that our cows had lessons to teach. This time I will listen. See you all soon.



  1. Go fill your eyes and ears and heart with wonder; then share it all with a spirit made new. *hugs*

  2. Enjoy your down time...think great thoughts....then come back and tell us about it.

  3. Everywhere you turn in life or where changes turn you, there are lessons to be learned, be it from cows, from nature, or from a great German poet.

  4. I hope your thoughts will take roots even in the hard ground. Spring will be here before you know it. The cows are smart and take each day as they come. We have lots of snow and our bare patches of grass are all white once again. So nice of your Hero to let you sit till you get bored.
    Have a great week.

  5. How sweet that you too would be standing waiting surrounded by the girls! Not me, I'm out there with the dogs trudging through the white stuff enjoying every minute...until that green stuff appears...:)JP.

  6. I enjoyed your post with its wisdom and gorgeous photos. Enjoy and soak in all that each day has to share.

  7. Listening, looking, just breathing are sometimes essential. Restorative. Hugs.

  8. What better place to think and contemplate life then surrounded by God's creation?! Lovely post and pictures. :)

  9. So it pays to observe and listen to what's going on around you. Animals sense things long before we do. They have much better hearing and smell so sense things long before we do. Have a good contemplative break.

  10. If only we could talk to the animals...but then, maybe we can. :)

  11. When I was on the farm I loved to just sit outside and listen and watch all our animals and talk to them to . I still do that here to all the birdies and critters we have here in the yard an valley and of course our girls Miggs and Harley I love to listen and watch nature and every time I do I learn something new and see something I have never seen before ! Hope you have a good relaxing take it all in break ! No snow here we have had more rain the snow this year . Thanks for sharing , lovely photos have a good week !

  12. I often take time to just sit and do nothing, I call it recharging the batteries.

  13. Enjoy your sitting and thinking, something wonderful might come out of that..
    Hugs M xox

  14. There is a certain joy and peace in just 'doing nothing'. Sometimes that is exactly what we need. I've read a couple of things about 'being still' this past week, and your post is another one, telling me to be still and do nothing. I need to heed.

    Have a lovely week ~ FlowerLady

    P.S. I think cows could teach me some lovely lessons on living. Wish I lived closer to some.

  15. You just go soak it all up, Buttons. We know you will put it all to good use and we get to enjoy it.

  16. Bring it all in, be still . . . live in the moment of now, . . . not the do . . .
    Thinking of you . . .

  17. That is one of my favourite Goethe quotes too as it was my Dad's. Enjoy the middle of that field, big hugs xxoo Lynn

  18. Farming can be complicated by the sounds. Is it normal for your cows to calve before spring. Remember I'm a city girl and wouldn't have a clue. I'm not sure how old you are but do you think your body and mind might be changing too? Could be why it is hard for you to roll with the punches.

  19. I've always thought that cows have a wise look to them.

  20. gorgeous skies for thinking under. life is so precious, one must always be doing something they love!!!

  21. Just stopping is sometimes the key. Waiting for a random thought that might lead the way to understanding or at least peaceful acceptance.


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