Recently I took my children to a “Fun Center” for an afternoon of goofing, playing and just plain old fun. It got a bit out of hand at times, but generally it was good for them—and me—to unwind a little.
Typically, families unwind by getting away for a vacation or trip. They leave it all behind and relax. It might be going to Disney, snow skiing, a cruise, visiting a foreign country or even the National Junior show. My wife emphatically claims National Junior shows are not vacations, because they involve so much hard work and very little “down time”—I’ll let you decide that with your own family. We have even had friends take a “stay-cation” where they take off work and do “nothing” at home for a week.
The point is, we all need some time away—a break if you will. Vacations help us return to the business of life more enthusiastic, energized, rested and focused. They make us more productive. Simply put, we are just plain better after a break. It works in sports, business and in life. Some even suggest following a ratio of 6:1 in resting, a principle originating in the celebration of the Sabbath.
With that in mind, I encourage all of our readership—breeders or not—to take a break from your typical calendar full of “to do’s” and rest. Perhaps you could attend the National Western Stock Show, January 12-17 in Denver, Colorado. There will be tons to do for children of all ages: two impressive Limousin auctions; numerous cattle shows; pen and carload bull shows; thousands of the best livestock on display from all across North America; and many interesting people to meet and visit with.
You are guaranteed to pick up some new ideas, make some productive networking connections, get fired up about the Limousin breed, or just keep Uncle Sam from getting his hands on a few hundred of you hard-earned dollars. I think you will return more focused and energized about your own breeding program and the opportunities in the agriculture and beef industries.
Heck, even Jesus told his disciples to go on a vacation in Mark 6:31.
I hope to see you “Taking A Break” in Denver.