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Limousin World
Around The World | June/July 2012

Thad Combs

It is the middle of the summer, chaos is everywhere, and no one has time for anything. The summer cattle shows are in full swing, haying is at peak speed—many places on their second or third cutting. Families are vacationing. Most breeders are in the middle or end of synchronization and AI’ing.

Harvest is just around the corner, and the children will be back in school in about 30 days. Fall calving starts in 60 days, and there is still so much left to do. Summer is almost over—where did it go? Winter will be here before you know it, and wow—the fall sales are about to start! Summer’s show season is gone and fall shows have come again. Did we get our show entries in on time?

If you are getting tired of reading this—and I am tired of writing it—just think about having to live it! Where is the balance?

Does it ever seem like time flies by too fast? Like you are going through the motions, but never really accomplish what you want to? Like every calf crop is better than the last, but still not quite as good as you want it to be? Like you just finish one round of projects and the next set is already gobbling up your time? I will go out on a limb and estimate I am not the only one who feels this way.

Sometimes we just need to s l o w d o w n and enjoy the trip.

I have heard it said that the journey, not the destination, is the fun part.

In agriculture, especially the cattle business, the cycle never stops. Like me, I think many farmers and ranchers could use a bit more balance in their life—a time to actually sit under the shade tree and count the passing clouds. When was the last time you looked at the clouds to see what shapes they make rather than whether they hold a promise of rain? My children do it daily—a lesson there?

Let me encourage you to take some time to make sure your cattle operation is in balance with the rest of your life. We all need to be reminded that all of these things are to be enjoyed. They were meant to be blessing to you and your family. That is exactly what my family and I are doing this summer; our objective is to work hard, play hard and serve well.

Colossians 3:23 says: “Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”

This verse comes right after a section on healthy family relationships and asks us to focus our attention on the Creator rather than just His provision and creation. And, then of course, there is God’s heavy emphasis on a Sabbath—a ratio of 6-to-1 on rest!

I ask that you keep these things in mind as you evaluate the balance in your life. For when we are rested, we are energetic. When we are energetic, we have passion. With passion, we gain direction. Then, we can be a powerful force. So, find your balance and soar!

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