112: The Chickens Still Need to Be Fed

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

is fear





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


and unknown. 

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

out there,

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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I have no comment on the state of the world, but I do know this: the chickens still need to be fed.


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