Have you had one of those days when everything seems to go the wrong way? No matter what your plan is for the day, life just gets in the way. Farm life… is always throwing something at you.
What a tough wayward day that sprung on me today! Working very conscientiously in my office until mid-morning, when the husband asks for help to get a heifer into the yards. (A heifer is a cow that has never born a calf before.)
Of course, I help.
Now calving season is upon us, and emerging from a drought, following rain, there is a lot of green feed on our farm. This drought recovery period can create problems for cows, leading to calving difficulties as the calf grows too quickly in the uterus in the last few months. So we have to keep checking the cows daily, especially the heifers, just in case there may be a calving problem.
So we get the beautiful heifer into the yards and husband does what most farmers do to assist her in the delivery. Big problem… as the calf’s head is twisted around backward and almost upside down. Frustration and exhaustion for the farmer, as time is spent trying to turn the calf’s head into the correct position for delivery. It is just too big and not enough room inside the uterus. But the calf is still alive… at this stage.
Since we usually breed for ease of calving and select bulls accordingly, the frustration is mounting. Then comes the phone call to the Veterinarian. A phone call that farmers prefer to do without, as this means more business costs, when finances are already at an all-time low.
As a farmer, we do all we can for the wellbeing of our animals, as they are our livelihood.
The keen young Vet arrives an hour later and spends hours trying to correct the abnormal presentation of the calf but to no avail. By now the calf is dead inside as it has taken too long for the birth.
One ordeal follows another… then a Caesarean Section is required. The quiet heifer is patient, almost understanding, as the Vet performs a difficult Caesarean, needing lots of physical assistance. The dead calf is removed from the uterus and she starts to suture the uterus back up, but that led to complications.
Late afternoon, the Vet was tiring and needing extra assistance, so she phones for a second Vet to attend. The heifer is obviously uncomfortable but still cooperating. Just on dark, 2 Vets and husband finally get her all sutured up, given her fluids and medications, then she is back on her feet just needing some time to heal.
It was a mentally and physically tiring day, with frustration all around. My day was full of interruption, distraction and nothing went to plan. Do you find these sort of days, throw you out of order and routine? The trouble with focusing and juggling tasks in our lives.
Life is overwhelming at times… for all of us.
But my day ended on a high note. Despite feeling overwhelmed, tonight I still attended a scheduled group Live event (virtually) on Facebook with Katie Godden – Bulletproof Coaching. Reliability and commitment are important to me. It was her personality, her energy, and her enthusiasm, all wrapped up in her smile. A shower of support.
This reminded me of the important things in life. My values, my family, my businesses, and a compelling future. What is it for you? We all have something that inspires us, that motivates us and that lights us up.
Instead of focusing on my tough day, worrying about everything that went wrong and what I did not get done… I choose to focus on what went right and appreciate the good things in life.
The heifer survived the ordeal and will heal. I got to see my youngest son at lunchtime when he turned up and gave us a hand. Family is important and will help when they can. Surround yourself with good people that inspire you, challenge you, motivate you and believe in you.
So no matter how tough of a day… look for the good people around you, refocus on what is important and make every effort to be the best version of yourself. Be true to yourself, do what matters, and believe there is always something great about to happen.
Take care, Karen.
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of it’s strength.”
~ Corrie ten Boom, Dutch watchmaker.