A very wise man once told me that "Mistakes are simply opportunities to learn". Have you ever viewed them that way? Once I began using this train of thought whenever I've made mistakes, it really sheds an interesting light on what the mistake actually is.
Mistakes in farming can become costly very quickly. Both financially and emotionally. They can also result in the loss of life. We work with heavy (expensive) machinery and living organisms above and beneath the ground. An oversight or a rush to judgement can lead to a large repair bill or spending days trying to figure out why we just lost a cow. I, admittedly, have made many, many, many mistakes. If you haven't made mistakes, then more than likely you haven't tried. Sorry to be so blunt, but that seems to be a fact of life. We need to fall down to get back up stronger. Again and again.
We've all made mistakes and faced adversity. Do we analyze what happened during the process of the mistake, learn from it and become better for it? Or do we miss the point and continue to make the same mistake? Whichever path is chosen will ultimately determine your future. If you run into challenging situations, a large work load, or what seems to be a series of insurmountable tasks do you run from them or tackle them with sincerity and good intentions?
I strive every day to learn, sometimes by making mistakes, other times by remembering mistakes I've made in the past and going about that task differently. We face adversity every day on the farm. What we choose to have define us is the perception of how we present the outcome. What oftentimes may seem like a seamless, well-oiled machine is the result of countless hours of blood, sweat, tears of sorrow, tears of joy, up at midnight with a cow in labor, and on the road before sunrise to ensure a stress free last ride in the trailer for our animals.
What is most important to us? What have we learned to carry with us after all the mistakes we've made and the adversity we've faced? It's not a bit about farming wisdom or a 'back in my day' line. It's pure and simple love. And the quest for love in our hearts, homes, and projecting this important emotion in all that we do for you and the hundreds of living souls we are caretakers for.