Here’s Tom in our front porch baby bassinet. He’s often a basket case. Sometimes – maybe 5 days before Christmas – we wholeheartedly can relate.
Around here we have a tendency to hide from the crazy at the holidays. We just like it better this way.
We use the word “NO” a lot. Sometimes I write it on entire stretches of my calendar. M-F will read “No No No No NO!” Sat-Sun it says “Naw…” – a little more open since it is the weekend.
No is a hard word to master at any age after 3 years old, but it is approved for adult life usage in all sectors.
Just imagine yourself in our barn lot with a sneaky
ass donkey. You say calmly, and firmly “no” – you may need to poke his nose intentionally, too. “No carrots!” And then you smile and shut the gate.
It’s never more true than at the holidays – “no” and “boundary” are favorite words in our vocabulary. This week’s FarrrTHUR is a light-hearted attempt to help your nerves and peace go the distance in a season that offers such hope and such stress.
The contrasts in life are usually where we find the most treasure!
So, this week, whether you’re tugged between cows or commercial christmas, social demands or bovine feed demands, financial stress or no time to bake, etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., we just want to share our overcoming strategy:
My Farmer and I put our blinders on like a couple of nicely paired draft horses and we remember two things:
Is there a donkey love hashtag? There should be!
and 1.) Small, Ancient, Strong.
We build our lives on such words as we watch the moon rise over the big houses on the ridge – full of people who gotta eat!
So, take a deep breath.
Tell something/someone/arbitrary guilt “no” politely this week.
Own the “no” when you walk away and smile as you shut the gate.
Put your feet up and smile over what richness donkeys bring to life.
Listen to Andrew Peterson’s Christmas cd – free online. It’s our absolute favorite for a calm-centered holiday.
Think on a King from nowhere and always and personal.
More FarrrTHUR. The cows say hi!