At the End of the Day

Some days are just like this. Yesterday was classic – it was good and hard, long and productive.
It’s real.
Real life isn’t always picture perfect. There are moments that you wonder if it can get any worse. There are times when you are weary and worn out, but you keep pushing because you’re the only one to get the job done. And there are times when you laugh so hard your sides hurt, or the praises of a job well done make your day that much brighter.
At the end of the day, it’s about being thankful for a good day’s work. Yes, you might be sore and tired, thirsty and in need of a good shower, but you can know you did your best and put in a full day of honest-to-goodness hard work. I have to remind myself of this, too. It’s important to remember that what we do every day isn’t just work – it’s creating our lives, who we are.
Last night I had a lot weighing on my mind, so I sat out in the yard and looked at the stars for a while. It was so restful, and helped me to put some things into perspective. I thought about the work we do every day, the good times and tough times. It’s so real.
Remember to take time to gaze at the stars. Smile at daisies. Take in a young calf nursing it’s mama, or a sunset that takes your breath away. Broiler pens marching across the pasture in the morning sunlight, or the smell of fresh-cut hay. A meal shared with friends.
It’s the simple, little moments that make it all worth it to me. What about you? What are your thoughts on work and making time for resting, relaxing, or making memories?
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About Kristen Long

Kristen Long came to Polyface as an intern in the summer of 2010. She enjoyed the lifestyle and work here and is now freezer organizer and inventory manager. Kristen was born and raised in Virginia and was homeschooled most of her school years. As a teen, she began raising dairy calves and milking cows before coming to Polyface. Kristen is blessed to be engaged to her best friend, Ben Beichler. They will be married in 2012 and manage DoubleB Acres, LLC.

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