Learning From My Chickens

April 14, 2023

From time to time, I wonder whether I'm living my life to the fullest and to my potential. And from time to time even get depressed that I am not doing the best I could or I should be doing. Life is passing by, and I'm not living tracks I would like to leave on the sand. I discovered a way to calm my soul. I have chickens on my ranch. I bought exotic hens and roosters because during the Second World War, a hen was my best friend as we were hiding in the mountains of Albania to survive. Today, one of those days when I felt kind of non-productive, feeling bad that I'm not living up to my potential,I sat during breakfast and happened to watch the chickens. Watch, not look, and I felt that I was getting calmed down by just watching them go through life. Just taking life as is. Finding some worms, finding something to eat, wandering around, and just being in the moment. They don't have aspirations to change the world, no aspirations to make a difference.No remorse for what they did yesterday, that they should have done something or missed doing it. They were just being in the moment. And if you watch any other animals, the same thing applies. They're there living the moment. in the present. We humans have a consciousness of the future and the past and that consciousness can work for us or against us. It depends on how we handle it. Being anchored in the present, the past, or the future does not bother us as much as if we are not anchored. I learned something today. Anytime I feel bad about myself, I should just go and watch nature, watch animals. There is so much to learn from the chicken and the geese and nature in general.

Written by
Dr. Ichak Adizes