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Yes, I was thinking about work when my friend was driving me around for a tour of his longhorn cattle. When he pointed out a feature of his beasts, I could tell that he was proud of them. Moving in and out of his conversation was something I do all of the time. Some call it multi-tasking.
The bright sun made me squint. Turning my head away and raising an open hand to block the almost painful splashes of light gave me pause. These massive animals suddenly captured all of my attention.
One of them stood up. It was huge! We drove our ATV right next to it and she turned her head to take in what she already sensed was near. The massive horns deftly avoided hitting anything or hurting anyone.
She shifted her position, unfazed by the presence of human beings. For now she looked around for some other position to take and then laid down again. Her cud was keeping her casual and completely relaxed.
That was what arrested my busy mind. She was totally and completely relaxed. There did not seem to be a care in the world that would make her alert, nervous, anxious or concerned.
She had a calf that was exploring the world. It was only days old. Maybe Mama was recuperating from giving birth or maybe she took the down time that she was due.
Who knows what cows are thinking?
I was surprised by the conversation going on in my head. But it dawned on me that I had not been thinking about work for the last several moments. Her relaxation was having an impact on me. I liked it.
Several other cattle were taking her lead. They too had found a comfortable place in the pasture to lie down. Their blood pressure levels seemed to be as casual as hers.
I was enjoying the warmth of the sun. Easy moods seemed to multiply for me. In that pleasant Texas morning it was easy to “chill” and take in the ease of being alive and stress-free for the moment.
A slow pace, relaxed atmosphere, simple style and basic comforts of the area were all that I needed. Some how the busy face paced life back in the city melted away. Who knows what cows are thinking? I do. They are thinking about nothing at all.
photo credit: brucefong cellphone photography