I saw this quote: “People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.” E. Nightingale–But I read goals as , which got me to thinking. Would it really make all that much difference, goats, goals??? Either one gives you purpose and sure as heck keeps you busy. Ever tried to confine a goat? They’re escape artists. We once had a baby goat (for a short time) living in one of our calf pens with a calf, of course. But the noisy kid didn’t want to hang out with the calf and bleated most pitiably which is why he went to live with the goat clan. It was either that, or import a flock to keep him company and goat-proof all our fences…if that’s possible.
Other great quotes for motivation:
“One needs something to believe in, something for which one can have whole-hearted enthusiasm. One needs to feel that one’s life has meaning, that one is needed in this world.” –Hannah Senesh
Again, this is very true, and again, goats might well provide that.
“Many people have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” —Helen Keller
Such as keeping goats. I also suggest gardening, which is a worthy purpose and can be quite gratifying, depending on the vagaries of weather, bugs, and whether the goats have gotten out and eaten everything…or the cows…or (insert name of varmint here). I’ve had many trials in gardening, also inestimable rewards.
“I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” —Henry David Thoreau
By all means, count me in for the unexpected success. I’m up for nice surprises. But am more likely to encounter cows out, or barnyard geese too near the road–again.
Remember, when the going gets tough, the tough get goats!
And, People without goats are going nowhere.
(These particular cows are in our meadow where they belong. Image of me and daughter Elise on a walk)
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