112: The Chickens Still Need to Be Fed
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If you are someone dealing with big emotions (anger, fear, frustration) regarding what’s happening out there in the big wide world or what might be coming around the bend, today’s writing is for you. You can read it below as an itty bitty thought or you can press play above to listen to it as a podcast. The main topic starts at minute marker 5:58.
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Heading into this week is weird.
I know as a writer I should have bigger, better words to describe what I’m feeling,
but weird is all I can come up with.
Friends across the pond tell me they’re going into another lockdown.
Many of the schools local to me are going to total distance learning again.
But the main event
whether you’re participating in it or not,
is tomorrow’s presidential election.
I’ve been talking to friends on both sides of the aisle
and what I hear
did I mention anger?
Because there is anger.
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to say today as an itty bitty thought or a podcast
I don’t know how to approach all of this and that and everything.
So I will go with what I like to focus on in times of
because maybe it will help you, too.
Here’s what I want you to focus on.
No matter who you think should win.
No matter who ends up winning.
No matter what comes because of the person who wins.
When you wake up the day after election day
or the day after
or the week after
or whenever after
there is one thing you need to remember:
the chickens still need to be fed.
And it’s such a simple statement
and for me it makes sense
because I have chickens.
If you don’t have chickens I hope you realize what I’m getting at.
Your kids still need to be fed.
Your significant other still needs to be held.
The wood stove still needs stocking.
The tomatoes still have to be canned.
The bread still needs to get in the oven.
There are things that still need to be done
regardless of what is happening in the outside world
beyond your doors.
I want you to
see these things as a comfort.
These things that become our normal
and that we pass by
to get to other things.
These things we fly through
in order to find out what’s going on in the world
or what’s happening next.
I find these things particularly comforting in times of chaos
or when I don’t know what’s coming next.
I don’t know who is going to win the election.
And I don’t know what will happen after it’s done.
But I will put one foot in front of the other
in a house with my husband and kids
with our tiny little life
and we will continue on.
Because that’s what people do.
It’s what people
In times of chaos,
in times where you feel like things don’t make sense
and are out of control
and you don’t know what is going to happen next
you do know what’s going to happen next:
the chickens still need to be fed.
— Amy Dingmann, 11-2-20
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