The last month we've had several family members in town and have been very busy gearing up for this much anticipated Spring green up, which appears to finally be upon us. This past week involved us turning both cow herds out onto Spring grass. It's an incredibly exciting time for us as we are able to firsthand witness the fruits of our labor. All of the work and the methods we put into place last year with our grazing practices are coming to light this year. Just as the practices we are putting into place this year, will not bear their fruits for another year or two.
There is no single task I can think of that pays short term dividends. Everything we do is always with the future in mind. That is one of the wonderful traits of holistic management, we're always thinking about the future and how what we are putting into place today will effect our business one, two, or ten years down the road. The minute we begin to make snap decisions is when shortcuts begin. This leads to a snowball effect of inefficiencies and bad judgement. It's easiest to simply patch a piece of fence quickly, but I guarantee you'll be back at that same piece of fence next year and the year after until you properly fix and mend it. The cows always know the weak spots in the fence. The temptation is strong in the Spring to graze anything and everything we see greening up especially after a long winter. That will only provide us with constant setbacks throughout the grazing season because the root reserves of the plant were immediately depleted without an opportunity to recover. Plan for an abundance of forage when we need it (July & August) and don't get too greedy with the fresh growth!
All of this is a long story to get to my point: Slow down. Breathe. Dream. And Fulfill Those Dreams. Life is too short.
An Ernest Hemingway quote I came across last week prompted this whole thought process:
Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.