As I shuffle through my grandparents’ old diaries, there are lots of stirred emotions. No new facts really, just a good old fashioned feel for their day to day lives. It’s a reminder of where I come from, and how I represent them in today’s world.
Times are changing and it’s increasingly difficult for small farms and ranches to thrive. It’s a heartbreaking thought to many folks, myself included. So how can we live out the legacy of our ancestors?
The ranch was a place of peace. A place to connect with God and the animals. Above all, it was a place to belong. It’s the only place I’ve never questioned if I belonged or not. From horse and dog training principles to struggles and rewards, there are so many lessons to be learned along the way.
Some favorites are:
Do the best with what you have to work with.
It’s not what we have in life, but who.
Nature is the best place to connect with God.
Work hard, love harder.
Give more than you take.
Help your neighbors.
What kind of legacy do you want to leave? How will your children and grandchildren remember your story, and extend your vision into theirs?
Cherish the moment you’re in, and document your life in some way. Keep a journal, record video snippets, take pictures, and tell your loved ones what’s on your heart.