Hard work. It’s what I grew up with and it’s what I believe in. It’s what we teach our daughter. You want things, it takes hard work. Yes, once in a while you will be given a gift and that is wonderful and be grateful. But the grit and the sweat is what brings the joy and the proud memories. And when you lay your head on the pillow at night, you remember the work you did to get there.
But every once in a while stopping and enjoying this life is important too.
Work all the time and you miss out on some great moments. Play all the time and you end up homeless.
So as I write this, I am going to play a little hooky. I am locking the doors to the office on this extremely hot triple digit July day, and going to the pool to laugh and cool off and play in the sun and the water.
Honestly my doors have been closed a lot this summer. Sheep shows, sheep camp, basketball camp, under the weather, and more. But the work hasn’t slowed down and there is ALWAYS more news.
In a little over a week, the county fair will begin.
And I am part newspaper, part community leader, and a 4-H mom and have a fair insert to work on all at once.
So leaving one hour early does not seem like a huge sacrifice.
Most of my work for this week’s paper is done. And tonight I am going to take time to visit someone who lost their father last week.
We get one life. How are you going to live it?
I think of that bible verse- To everything there is a season. It’s also a song by Pete Seeger. I like The Byrds version better. It was also a line in the show Grey’s Anatomy.
Right now I am in fair season. Everything is about getting ready for fair. Any questions about vacations, school, cleaning, etc. are tabled until after fair.
And some of our hard work didn’t pan out. One of our sheep isn’t growing the way we expected. Best laid plans, right?
Does that mean our effort was wasted? No, we learned.
I think it’s important to remember that our projects are to learn and build memories.
I see so many rules at sheep shows and fairs. When I asked a friend why, she said it was to stop cheating.
Funny, all I think is you are cheating yourself and your child. What a shame. If we lose I hope we learned. If we win I hope we are gracious.
I hope everyone comes away with some ribbons and fun at the fair!
These 4-H kids spent countless hours doing things that maybe don’t turn out how they hoped. We did so much for this one sheep and it is what it is. You can do it all right, put all the work in and it still doesn’t work out.
More valuable lessons. We don’t get to control everything.
I guess when I focus on the lesson and not the ribbons we come away winners.
But a few ribbons wouldn’t hurt, right?
Maybe youre not in 4-H. Maybe you don’t live here. Maybe you are in a different season.
Whatever season, I hope life throws you some fun surprises!
Everyone needs a little joy!
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