Farmers are independent workers. They are working on large sections of land, miles from nowhere usually.
Farmers need to plough (or plow) their fields before they can plant seeds and grow crops. Ploughing is when a tractor pulls a blade through a field creating furrows, and the purpose is to turn and break up soil, to bury crop residues, and to help control weeds.
You can probably envision a tractor driving long straight lines, back and forth, trying to keep the lines straight and be efficient since there is a lot of land to be ploughed.
Occasionally the farmer comes across an obstacle, like an old tree stump. Maybe it is something the farmer can remove, but if he does it could take the rest of the day so he will lose hours or a whole day to remove an obstacle that he could just detour around and then resume his ploughing.
Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
That happens with me also. I sometimes come across something unexpected that is blocking my path, something I can’t change.
I sometimes have my day all planned, my orderly mind has the day all mapped out, then something changes. Now my plans must change, I can’t do exactly what I had planned, and maybe it changes the whole rest of my day.
I could get frustrated, or I could accept that sometimes there’s a stump in the way, I can look at it as an obstacle or an opportunity.
I am getting better at ploughing around the stump. Maybe there is something else I am meant to”discover”, or accomplish if I just open my mind, and forget about the stump.
Maybe even I will later look back on the stump “obstacle” and be glad it changed the course of my day.
Regardless, the stump is there, and the farmer’s wisdom is right, instead of letting it throw the farmer off, he simply moves forward with just a quick detour.
The obstacle is quickly forgotten, if you let it, as you move forward.
Just thinking out loud, and hoping you will have a wonderful day.
This post was inspired by a friend. I had coffee with this friend the other day and frustration with something uncontrollable was causing my friend stress and it reminded me of farmer’s wisdom.