Brooding On

I'm a Runner

It's something I don't talk about here on the blog very much because it doesn't really jive with our farm lifestyle.  Whether it's a leisurely run or a 5K race, running literally takes me off the farm.  

But, it occurred to me recently that running has a whole heckuva lot in common with one of my favorite activities here on the farm:  milking.  

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Now, I'm not talking about a speed training run.  I'm mostly talking about longer, slower runs.  These are the ones when I don't care what my pace is -- only that I cover the distance.  Sometimes I listen to worshipful music during these runs; other times, I just enjoy the sounds of the nature around me and the steady rhythm of my feet hitting the pavement.  But, always, my mind wanders and then sometimes, amazingly, clears.   

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Milking provides me a similar experience.  I commune with nature's creatures, and it's quiet but for the rhythm of the streams of milk hitting the bottom of the pail.  My hands are tied up, so I can do little else but think, so my mind wanders and then clears.  

I spend more time in a day milking than I do running, but not by much.  Both activities are therapy to me.  They get me outdoors.  (I'm working on a theory that we were created to be outdoors -- more on this later;)  They force me to slow down and breathe and think because I can do little else while I'm doing these things.  

Running and milking are both sanity savers for me.

To run, I just lace up my shoes.  To milk, I just pull up my stool.    A couple weeks back, I sold a few unused things from the barn on the online yard sale and turned around and bought this antique milking stool with the money.  I love it!

To run, I just lace up my shoes.  To milk, I just pull up my stool.  

A couple weeks back, I sold a few unused things from the barn on the online yard sale and turned around and bought this antique milking stool with the money.  I love it!

What's your favorite sanity-saving activity?  Does it have some things in common with mine?