Having never been one to jump out of bed and start the day, my new life requires that I do that now. The morning comes early when there are horses, dogs, cats, birds, turkeys, ducks and the occasional goats to feed. These lovely living creatures need me to care for them.
Walking outside to see the sun starting to stream over the mountains, smelling the pure mountain air and feeling the cool breeze on my skin has transformed me into a morning person. The absolute quiet of the day and the stillness have made me fall in love with this new, albeit temporary, lifestyle. As the kitties rub my leg and the horses nudge me toward the barn, I realize that there is much more to life than I had ever imagined. My view was certainly very narrow.
The day continues as it always does with more chores to do and errands to run. Then the cycle starts again as night begins to fall. I will hear the animal voices reminding me not to forget to feed them, as if I could. But now the sun is disappearing behind the mountain and the fresh air still brushes against my face but just with a cooler temperature. Life is good on the farm.
I am learning that taking care of something other than myself is its own reward. I so quickly fall into a pattern that revolves around myself. That only leads to frustration and depression. Caring for others opens the heart and the mind to a new way of thinking. It makes no difference if you are helping another person or a furry friend, the mind cannot seem to concentrate on both self and others at the same time. Thinking of others is not an automatic response for me, but the more I do, the easier it becomes.
A few more things to do then off to bed as morning does come early to the farm.
Here is to the opportunity to see a new and different life than the one I knew and to constantly expanding my horizons.