Embrace the Suck

Momma Ewe

I am sore, cold, depressed, and sad today. Winter finally showed up at our farm. Rumors of -7 degree temperatures are more realistic than they should be. When the animals are unhappy you want to fix it. I want to wrap them all up in a blanket. My wife made the decision to bring our new bottle-fed goats in the house, not going to get sleep tonight.

Here is Franklin helping make cookies, he is a handful and a joy. Must be what grandkids are like.

Goat waiting for cookies

I don’t know where I heard it, I think the Marines or SEALS, but the phrase “Embrace the Suck” has been my motivator. I need to push through. The temperature is miserable, all the water is frozen, the ground is “Slick as Snot,” it is downright uncomfortable. I have to tell myself to embrace it. The misery is only for a moment, your animals are out there and they need you. Carry the 5-gallon buckets of water to them. Break the ice. Re-enforce the shelters. I get grumpy in this weather, I much rather be dealing with heatstroke.

Even in the tough winters, there are warm moments. During the morning I was sweetly surprised. The goats and sheep were assembled acting as they were dying of hunger, then I heard it. A young “baaa.” Wait, the baby goats are in the front yard, did they follow me? Then I heard it again. “Baah” Did one of the Ewes give birth, In this mess? They sure did! Mom and baby were doing well. My heart melted, and it reminded me why I embrace the suck.

Momma Ewe

Temporary afflictions.

It was a clear example of this verse.

17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

When the storms of this world are hitting you from all sides, remember what awaits the other side of the misery.


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