finding that good feeling again

A hope for myself this year is to get patient or better at just being; being in the moment; being able to know that I am HERE and not THERE; being able to be present in each moment of each day. I am always a work in progress. I was reading Friend of the Farmer, where I found this quote, and just had to share it. I like it. I like it a lot.

"Wendell Berry in Bringing It to the Table quotes Terry Cummins, the author of Feed My Sheep, on what its feels like to provide husbandry.

'The feeling inside sort of just happens, and you can’t say that this did it or that did it. It’s the many little things. It doesn’t seem that taking a sweat-soaked harness off tired, hot horses would be something that would make you notice. Opening a barn door for sheep standing in a cold rain, or throwing a few grains of corn to the chickens are small things, but these small things begin to add up in you, and you begin to understand that you’re important.

You may not be real important like the people you read about in the newspaper, but you begin to feel that you’re important to all the life around you. Nobody else knows or cares too much about what you do, but if you get a good feeling inside about what you do, then it doesn’t matter if nobody else knows.

I do think about myself a lot when I’m along way back on the place bringing in the cows or sitting on the mowing machine all day. But when I start thinking about how our animals and crops and fields and woods and gardens sort of all fit together, then I get that good feeling inside and don’t worry much about what will happen to me.' "

This quote also made me stop and think of our wonderful life here and how the ordinary, daily things we do begin to feel mundane, and these things really shouldn't. Our life here is so extraordinary. Maybe reading this was a gift in itself. I am realizing how blessed we are here. I am being thankful. Life is good.


CS said…
Amen! Life really is good, isn't it? Not because of any one thing but just because it is. Of course I think being at places like the farm help remind you of this fact.
Tis true, CS, the Farm is a great reminder!
Pauline said…
I'd love to share this quote with some of the folks I work with. Its so perfect.

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