Just a Short Thought

Today has been a busy day with just enough time for a short entry

Allen Savory during his now famous TED talk
TED2013. Long Beach, CA. February 25 – March 1, 2013. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Greetings again. I don’t have a whole lot of time for a detailed entry today. I just want to share a short excerpt from the book Holistic Management by my hero, Allan Savory. Savory is a Zimbabwean ecologist, livestock farmer, and president and co-founder of the Savory Institute. Through his extensive research and experience, Savory claims that we can prevent further desertification and reverse climate change through Holistic Planned Grazing of livestock.

Most of us complain that we just don’t have enough time for creative thought, or in fact to do all that we want to do, and we marvel at those who seem to find it… In truth, every person in the world has exactly the same amount of time. How we manage it makes the difference in the quality of our lives and in what we achieve through our creativity… When we want something badly enough we manage our time accordingly, and our creativity knows no bounds.”

This sort of sums up the ethos of how I am trying to live my life going forward. I use to use my perceived “lack of time” as a badge of honor to my life. Truth is, we all have the same amount of time. Its a matter of using that time to the best of our abilities that truly makes us stand out. This sort of thinking is what I’m trying to represent with my blog and my forthcoming podcast “Ag State of Mind.” I want folks to realize that our happiness is dependent upon ourselves and ourselves only. We cannot look for external forces and circumstances to make us happy. A wonderful rule of thumb that I try to live by is “Think with the Eternal perspective.” Will this matter in 10 years, 50 years, or in eternity? The only things that affect our happiness are those that matter in eternity. Everything else can be thrown aside.

The me of the past would have been driven crazy by the overgrown yard. He also wouldn’t have ever let his 8 year old take meat off of the grill. But my new found perspective on life has allowed me to find happiness only in things that matter.
Have I mentioned how much I enjoy running, especially with this cute blonde? It’s funny something that I find so much joy in now was something I “didn’t have time for” not so long ago.

What are your barriers to happiness? Can those barriers be easily discarded? I think more often than not, the answer is yes. Thanks for reading my short entry today. I hope to return with part 4 of what has helped me with my anxiety.

Until Next Time!

Jason

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