Well, we are back from yet another couple of days of post blizzard challenges....
Which brought me to the question for today, do you want to just survive the old or are you ready to dig in and build the new - no matter what happens?
I share in the podcast some of what has gone on and more importantly, how to deal with all of it when you really don't want to....
There is no one system or way to cope, but life isn't about the right solution to the problem. Life is about being who you need to be to deal with any problem - yours or others.
This morning we also had a second new arrival at the cow farm. The calf was hiding and by luck I saw it half frozen and separate by a fence from its mother who was wandering around looking for it.
I rubbed it, gave it a blanket, and called for help.
This is way out of my area of expertise and with a life on the line not the right time to learn by trial and error.
It's been a few hours and while it is still alive, it still isn't very warm.
The man who came to help asked if my trailer was okay to put it in, I didn't want to tell him it isn't much warmer inside...
We hit below 10 degrees outside and so inside adjusted accordingly.
Overall it has been a hard storm to weather.
And I am coming to the decision this isn't really the life I can live - but what I offer to you today is to be willing to go out and 'fail' as the world may describe it to find the life you want and to become who you need to be in the meantime.
And the same is true for the world to become. What you vision the future 'should' be may not come to pass.
But the real purpose and meaning is found in who you become building it along the way.
It is not the easy road, the road anyone may believe you should/could/can take.
It is your road, so own your choice and go for it.
Then, be prepared to get things wrong, struggle, fail, fall down, get back up and keep on going.
You'll be glad you did.
With that this is the last podcast of 2015, so we will talk to you on the other side of the year!
So this is what it looks like today. Because I am on a personal whine/rant, I wrote it up over at my personal site.
But here is the short version. Some days, survival sucks.
Just because I plowed, shoveled, and spent all day digging out - today it's like it all never happened.
And just because I need to get out to get water, doesn't mean I will be able to as more snow is on its freakin' way as I type this out....
So, yesterday I asked you to focus on what you could appreciate.
Today I am reminding you that sometimes you need to whine first and THEN focus on appreciation.
It is a journey after all, not one long pit stop in paradise...
See you tomorrow!
Welcome back to you from your holiday! One more to go and then, it's a new year!
First I want to send my thoughts and prayers to those who have been impacted this last weekend by the storms, tornadoes, fires, floods, and blizzards - it has been quite a few days of devastation.
Secondly it is a good time to take a moment of appreciation for all you may still have right now.
We got the blizzard version here in the center of New Mexico. I am still buried in snow and will share photo's below - it FINALLY stopped snowing and the sun is said to be coming out so a good time to document the next day of what was the last two...
We'll also be covering more of the practical around that on the podcast.
Just to make things more complicated, a baby cow was born the day before the storm. Unplanned - looks like someone got over the fence and then back again. It's too soon for the real calving season so it was a shock to say the least.
But so far, he has survived with more pluck and spunk than anyone else around here!
I've dubbed him "Punk" in honor of his adjectives.
As usual, there have been lots or real life lessons learned such as just because you think you prepare for the storm/situation - don't be surprised if things don't go as planned.
Learn to problem solve accordingly.
But the main theme I want to cover in all of this is the one above, appreciation for all we do have.
It is easy to feel burdened by despair until you see the photos of homes flattened by tornadoes or filled with the waters of rising floods.
Never lose appreciation for your comforts my friends.
With that I am going to sign off from this and start the hard work of post snow storm recovery. See you back tomorrow!
In the days before the year ends it matters not what religion you are or are not, there is a message in yesterday's post and today's podcast that is true for all.
The world asks you to focus on the gifts we can get. I am asking you to focus on what you can give.
Not in the material world.
But the gift that is in you.
One of my favorite stories and songs of this season is The Little Drummer boy, of which you can watch the end below:
He gave of himself and what he had. Do you?
Yesterday I shared the stories of those who gave of themselves at the risk of their own life. Would you?
When we watch a movie or video we are moved for a moment but often that moment passes with the next episode.
When you listen to the podcast you may hold onto the idea shared for the minutes you are listening.
When you read an idea may be planted a bit deeper within you.
But then what?
What does it take for us to change? What motivates us to grow?
Pain, suffering, loss, death - these are all powerful motivators to get our attention.
But are we ready to suffer less and still learn more?
I hope you will think about today and yesterday's ideas in the next few weeks as we move into a new year, another beginning.
I am walking this path with you not to promise you riches and gifts and bounty all wrapped in peace on earth.
I am walking this road with you because I believe you will be the calm in the storm, the force of strength in the face of fear, and the song of love in the midst of chaos.
Why are you here? Not just reading this, but here in this world?
What does the beat of your heart share with the world as you drum it?
This morning CNN is leading with a story of how a group of Muslims saved a group of Christians from an attack by a terror group when they hid the Christians and then told the attackers that they would have to kill everyone or no one.
The Muslim passengers, who were mostly women, told the Islamic militants to kill them all or leave them alone, witnesses said.
The attackers stood down and left.
Strength laced with Love defeated evil. This is what I am talking about when I share the idea that Freedom must Grow Up.
This is what I mean when I ask you, do you 'want to live'?
The same story played out many decades ago, long held in secret by the man who also stood with strength and love in the face of evil when American Jewish POW's were told to fall out so they could be killed at a concentration camp.
You can find this story featured today at CNN 'We are all Jews' about a WWII soldier who stood for life.
To this day, Chris Edmonds said he isn't sure why his father never shared the story.
"I just think, well, he's a humble man. He didn't go around bragging about things, and I just think he thought it was part of his responsibility, his duty, not only as a soldier of the U.S. Army to protect his men but also as a Christian, a man of faith, to do the right thing for his fellow man."
And in the past you've heard me talk about the women in India who took to wearing bright pink sari's and carrying wooden staffs as they escorted girls in town to prevent rape. After a few beatings, the men stopped attacking.
As we hear the cry's from some that women should be submissive and let the men handle the real battles and the religious leaders who ask their flock to be sheep and press that parade this constant barrage of headlines dividing us by our color, religion, culture, and anything else they can think of....
Who do you want to be in the face of evil?
How will you stand - with strength and love?
Or will you hide.
Either way you may die. Death of the body is certain. How and why you die remains your choice.
Do you want to live doesn't mean are you afraid to die. It means - WHO WILL YOU BE?
Many may not have seen this movie or watched the series, but few have forgotten the cry 'I AM SPARTACUS' by the men surrounding the real Spartacus.
How many hundreds of years later does this idea carry forth and why?
Because in our heart of hearts we want to be brave. We want to stand strong. We want to love our fellow man. We want to be free.
It is hard and scary and could hurt, a lot.
Yet the moment you DO THIS in your own way, you will be free. You can't kill evil with a gun or a law or a treaty.
Evil ends when you stand with both strength and love - it must be both.
You may need to also do it more than once to free the world. But you only need to do it once to free your self.
I am Spartacus because, I AM YOU.
Something went wrong!
This site is run by a human, not an APP. It's hard showing up every day, but that is what it takes. I am so glad you are here! Jill