I was lying on the ground, watching the Hogs root the other day...haha! - Yes, that sounded a little strange. But, sometimes to get the best perspective for a photograph, or video I have to lay on the ground, not to mention, everything looks so beautiful from there!
Watching them made me think about something that Seth and I talk about, when our circumstances create discomfort, real frustration or pain. It came about from something fascinating that we've been observing with the hogs...
IT'S AMAZING - all the things you can learn from Animals, just by watching them!
Something Seth and Liam have been doing with the Hogs this past year is allowing them to create a disturbance in our soils in places that intensive rotational grazing, chicken tractors and compost have not made enough of a change in our soil to improve the pastures. The soil is just plain stubborn there.
Each of us have some uniquely amazing gifts!
Lots of folks have been working on breeding pigs, lately to avoid the rooting instinct, but sometimes when you let a pig be a pig it can do some pretty amazing things. One of my favorite things, is to observe the animals and see how each uniquely gifted species fits into the whole. PLUS! There are so many lessons that can be learned!
By carefully monitoring and allowing the Hogs to root up a spot, - as long as we keep it minimal - we can create enough of a DISTURBANCE where STUBBORN soils do not want to change. Then, toss on some healthy seed and it looks pretty ugly at first, but quickly, it sort of wakes up the soil or shocks it if you will, and creates a huge positive change in that area.
The funny thing is there's a pretty simple, yet practical lesson that we've learned from this and it's particularly beneficial at the change of the New Year.
Sometimes, it takes a little bit of disturbance to create enough discomfort for me to grow. I think that's true for a lot of us. Simply put, I have the choice to let the disturbance get too deep and cause destruction or to monitor it and allow it to make me just uncomfortable enough to take an objective look at myself and make change. It might be a bad habit or making changes related to healthy eating, or simply something I've been wrong about, but too stubborn to admit. 😉
There was a time that I dreaded the disturbances in life and made all of the excuses to make them bigger, now I recognize that disturbances can be a great tool to help us grow.
When things are uncomfortable, challenging or frustrating, Seth and I look at each other (or our kids) and say, "Well, it looks like its creating a little disturbance, are you going to grow, or let it get too deep and destroy you?" It always makes me approach things differently.
Amazing- what animals can teach you when they are doing what they were created to do!
Have a wonderful start to your '2018' and make those disturbances build you into the amazing person that you were made to be!
The Allens - Seth, Raini, Liam, Charise and Rhian
7U Ranch, LLC
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Have you ever tried to make the holidays so special that you planned more things than you could possibly get accomplished? Maybe even becoming so exhausted, trying to get it all done, that in the end you realize...well...maybe you planned just a little too much to make it fun anymore.
Well, that's me. My very favorite holiday is Christmas and it seems that most years I have tried to make it so special that I plan way beyond my abilities, so in the last couple of years I've tried to come to a balance by planning less activities, saving a few steps here and there, and just enjoy my family. It has made all the difference in the world and you know what? Everyone seems to enjoy themselves more!
Sometimes, it's just about saving a few steps in my cooking or in something I'm making with the kids and that makes such a difference in saving energy and a little bit of extra time, that I can just relax with friends and family. Plus ~ I have much more energy for everything.
This is what gave us the idea to create a holiday ham kit. We knew that it might help save some of you a few extra steps in your cooking and still be able to have that homemade quality in your special meal during the holidays.
It's difficult to visualize what is put together in a kit or bundle, so I've made this unpacking video to show you what's inside!
If you have any questions about the kit or questions while you're using it, please just ask - I'm happy to help! We sure do appreciate you and wish you a Merry Christmas and special moments with those you love this holiday season.
( The Allens - Seth, Raini, Liam, Charise and Rhian)
A dedicated mother and wife who has a passion for everything healthy and gift for simplifying that knowledge and making it applicable for others.