*when you catch him staring at the booty 🤨
'You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' - Story: I watched my Mother take her last breath when I was 20. There was nothing I could do to ease the pain for her, so we held her hand and told her stories while trying to hold back tears before turning off the oxygen. This experience has molded me and changed my perspective on so many levels. It made me stronger. Lessons: emotions can run deep, but remain logical. I am quiet because I think before I speak. I take things in and process them before I react. I only focus on what I can control. Everything is temporary. Each experience and struggle is an opportunity for growth. Embrace it... even when it hurts. Amor fati.
Episode 001: Death Is An Option
Riches aren't always measured the same way. This seems to be a reacuring lesson this year.
My mother has been raising free range chickens on our farm for over a decade. While I'm am so glad we have been able to have free chickens, it has definitely taken a toll on the aesthetics of the farm. They dig out the flower beds, poop on the porch, and because of their numbers, have eaten the back yard down to bare dirt and weeds. We are in the process of transitioning them to rotating chicken tractors where they will still be able to free range on pasture, but have a moveable fense so we can finally replant the backyard. This transition is taken longer than I wished it would, but this morning I found myself humbly grateful that it was still in process.
A man from Laos came to the farm early this morning, looked around at all the free roaming chickens and his face lit up and eyes beamed, "this reminds me of home!" My heart melted. In the midst of our messy process we able to give this man a taste of home. No greater gift could have made my day than seeing him in the presence of warm memories of his upbringing in a country so far from his home. I now have greater patience and grace with myself and family as we work on transitions without losing the taste of home.
Menos horas de sueño y Más sueños por hora.