Why I'm choosing to focus on gratitude

What would you do if you could do anything?  If money was not an issue, what would you do? Where would you go? How would you choose to make an impact? Who would you want to be? 

Me I’d choose to be a farmer.

I might choose to farm somewhere warmer, but I can’t imagine a more rewarding life than the one I already have.  Every day I get to wake up and get to do what I love. I get to live life on my terms.  I am so often not as grateful for it as I could be.  I sometimes choose to focus on what isn’t going right instead of what is. 

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The Pigs got out and rooted up my garden, at the time I was really upset when in reality I should have been grateful.  I didn’t have time to weed so they saved me a summer of frustration by eliminating the garden.  I ended up being very fortunate in having a neighbour who is a veggie farmer and who does a weekly CSA had room and agreed to grow veggies for us while I raised meat for her.

The free-range Chickens ate lots of my tomatoes while they were green and still on the vine and pooped all over my deck every day all summer. Frustrating yes, the end of the world, no.  They cut down on my bug population, and I had the best strawberry harvest I have in years as they ate all of the slugs from my strawberry patch but no strawberries. Plus, around the yard, there didn’t seem to be as many bugs, so we didn’t need to rely on the usual chemical filled bug sprays.

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The cows need to be moved daily to fresh pasture, time-consuming and sometimes chaotic when you feel like you are playing catch up.  In the end, it is so worth it when you see the quality of the land improve, the animals stay healthy, and you also know that the nutrition of the meat is improving as well. As a bonus, the cows will follow you when you call as they are used to being called and moved which makes it very helpful when you need to move them somewhere.

The kids always seem to drag their butts and have to stop and look at everything, and of course, ask a zillion question especially when you want to get chores done and get on with your day.  Out of the blue, your 4-year-old will tell you something about cattle confirmation or about the benefits of raising animals out on the land and you realize they are learning, always learning, about this crazy life I sometimes take for granted.  Farming is a family affair and we have always included the kids from the time they were babies and seeing them enjoy it as much as us always puts a smile on my face.

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I have always wanted to farm, although I did think it was much more romantic and much less work than reality.  This is what I have always wanted to do, and I feel so lucky that we have people like you who have put your trust in our family, to raise food for your family.  What a privilege.  I am so honoured and humbled every time someone places an order saying that they love seeing how we raise our animals and how they feel like they know what went into raising their food.  I’m not perfect, but I have come to realize that when we choose to focus on the positive, we have a better happier life and after all isn’t that what we are all after in the first place? Happiness.  It comes from within, not the material things. No matter what it is, that brings you joy you have to follow your heart, look for the best in every situation and give thanks. Even if it is tough, even if it feels like there is no end in sight, the sun will always come up again tomorrow, and you get another chance to make something incredible happen.

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