09 Jul Insane 2015 harvest “schedule”
My goal in writting for All Aboard is to help better the understanding of agriculture, depict our way of life with all of its ups and downs, and to help inspire, motivate, and create AGvocates. It seems I constantly question why I do this work, conversly, I constantly question why I would consider doing something else. Thankfully, the good Lord has a way of smacking me on the forehead, telling me to wake up and smell the world around me.
A lot of you have come to realize through this beautiful thing called Internet that harvest is insane! I do not know if I can or have fully described to you not only how interesting this life is, but how “fly by the seat of your pants” it really is. If anything stays the same, it is constant indecisiveness where eventually you will just have to choose an option and go with it, not knowing whether it’s the most efficient, smartest, or most agreeable way to go. Welcome to life. Welcome to harvest.
So what in the world has brought on this topic? Well, this has been the most insane harvest in quite a while. There is no such thing as a “schedule” in this way of life. And now, my attempt to describe: In my last post, I mentioned that we finished up with our first Oklahoma farmer and that we were heading west of town to start the next job. I did not know that the next job would consist of four different stops in one. The “one” farmer turned into four! This has been a tremendous blessing to us! And I am happy to be working steadily, even though it can be taxing on all of us.
Before we picked up these jobs, we actully had no idea where we were going next. Kansas was very promising because they actually had a wheat crop to cut this year, but because the farmers we cut for had retired before the drought, we still had no place to start. I guess all I have to say about that is God was looking out for us. We just have to be willing to go with the flow! Which is so much easier to say than to do. I think we humans think so hard and look past the little things to really see what the big picture is. I know I definitely need a little practice letting the chips fall where they may, recognize the clear path given, and do the best of my ability to become a better person reguardless of what I have been dealt. But that is exactly what we are—human. We are going to make mistakes along the way. We are going to hurt and be hurt. I think we are given a constant second chance to learn what we must, before we leave this place to a better one. I just hope that one day, God will stop smacking me in the forehead over the same thing over and over again and I will actually learn what He’s trying to teach me!
I really hope that I have made sense in all of my jibber-jabber this morning, but I felt it was something I needed to write about. Have a wonderful day, AAWH followers! I hope the sun shines on you and yours (unless you need rain, of course)!
Be safe and God bless!
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