If you’re like most farmers, you wake up with more jobs to do than time to do them. Just the thought of a day off brings on anxiety – there’s just too much to do. I’m sure you’ve heard the theories – that a day off will actually help you get your work done more efficiently. That a day of rest increases your energy for the week ahead.
I think there is a lot of truth to that. But also, some problems are best left alone to solve themselves. There are times when the best thing to do is nothing at all. But the best reason for a day off is, life moves fast. Kids grow quickly, and a play-day missed is a day that is gone forever. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you’re going to miss something important.
To make it a little easier to take a day off, we’ve been looking at things you can do or things you can see within a day’s drive of most of our listening farmers. Occasionally, we’ll talk about these places, every now and then, throughout the summer. We already talked about the aircraft museum at the former Castle Air Force Base north of Merced. Soon we’ll take you to a dude ranch near the central Coast, and visit the rip-roaring old gold rush town of Columbia. Want to go spelunking? Well, it’s not for me, I like seeing the sky – but some folks like exploring what’s below our feet. We know where to do that too.
We all need a day off now and then, a day to catch our breath, reacquaint ourselves with our spouses or our children, or to just get back in touch with ourselves.
None other than Dale Carnegie said it best. He said, “One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.”
Let’s go find today’s roses.
I’m Len Wilcox and that’s the Western View from AgNet West.