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Adventures of a Country Gal

That funny thing called life

Last summer and fall I spent a lot of time out in the fields tilling the dirt. I have a little tractor and it is a big field – so I would divide it up into sections and just go back and forth and back and forth and back and forth.  A person has a lot of time to think driving back and forth and back and forth and back and forth.  Most days when I was out in the field, I was envisioning the farm as I wanted it to be.  I studied the soils and water flow trying to determine where things would be best planted. 

My mighty little tractor

But, on this particular day, I was feeling a little blue.  I spent a lot of time thinking about what was ailing me and who was not behaving as I wanted them to.  I was really getting into it – the more I thought about it, the more emotional I was getting.  Now, I am a big believer that you get what you think about.  So, I normally try to focus on the positive in each situation.  But, I am human, with all of the human emotions and on this particular day, I was not following my own creed.  I was talking to whoever was listening – God, the Universe, the passing birds, the numerous ground spiders that were scurrying to get out of the way of the tiller and anyone else within earshot.  In actuality, the tractor was so noisy that there was no one that could really hear me, or at least I thought.

You can sort of lose time out in the field driving back and forth and back and forth and back and forth.  So, I don’t really know how long I had been in this state of delirium.  But, it was long enough that I could feel the emotion building in my chest.  “What are you doing?” my inner voice of reason finally asked.  You know, my inner voice was right – this was silly.  I had probably created a day or maybe even two of bad karma with all of those thoughts.  It was time to pull myself together and get my thoughts on track.  Some deep breathing would help me to relax.  So, I opened up my mouth, took a deeep breath and sucked in a bug!  Yes, I actually sucked in a bug – went right down my throat.  I’m not sure if that was God or the Universe answering me, but somebody was telling me to snap out of it!  I got the message loud and clear.  I guess it could have been worse – the passing birds could have answered instead!


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