I’ve been thinking of what I wanted to blog about, but I am constantly getting side tracked. Between a job, and kids, I always feel busy doing something. Today I was placed at task picking apples and I had a moment to think.
Then it came to me. This is why I love farming! I was walking around with my apple picking tool and thinking. I was getting the apples out of the tree, but I also had the time to think. Not about school, not about the kids running rampant in the house, but about whatever I wanted.
Of course I thought of inviting kids out to help me, but I already knew the answer because it was really pretty cold. And I thought a little about the classes that I am going to be teaching tomorrow and how I am going to approach those. I even thought about how I am going to change the classes that I’ll teach next year and those I’ll be teaching next term for the first time.
Above all, I was enjoying picking apples. I was enjoying the cool brisk air and observing the chickens that would fight over any dropped apples. I was truly enjoying being in the moment and surrounded by life. And while I was enjoying apple picking, I noticed that my thoughts were clearer than they have been in awhile. When I am at a task on the farm, I feel like my thoughts are finally free. Here is what comes to my mind when I say ‘Free your mind‘, but what I am really like thinking is that farming allows me to ‘emancipate yourself from inner slavery‘ (I am sorry to anyone who clicked on that first link).
That is my goal in life, to feel that my mind is free. Some activities provide me that feeling, but most do not. Farming does, so I am going to pursue that for a bit.