A very wise person said, "If you don't like something, change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it". Those are very wise words and it wasn't even a goat that thought it up. At any rate, it doesn't really matter who thought it up. I still think those are very good words to live by.
Take for example, well, me! That's a good example if ever I saw one. Anyway, suppose I don't like how Ella hogs all the hay, the grass, the barn space, the air, the Planet, the Universe (Notice I didn't say Peanuts? That's because I do not allow anyone to hog the Peanuts.) So, since Ella is an Alpine, and Alpines have the worst goat temperament known to goatkind, there's likely not a lot I can do about it. I mean that would be like expecting Justin Beiber to grow a beard. Ain't gonna' happen anytime soon. Therefore, should I desire to keep my peace of mind and maintain my well-deserved reputation as an enlightened being, my only recourse would be to change my perception of Ella as an obvious pig-headed dunder head, n'est ce pas? Hmmm ... not so easy, but I suppose I might consider that perhaps in her, shall we say 'zest', she might actually be ridding the environment of the more inferior pieces of hay, the less succulent blades of grass, the more 'soiled' space in the barn, the more polluted molecules in the air, the Planet and the Universe, thus leaving the best for more deserving individuals. Like me. I am deserving. Come to think of it, I'm probably more deserving than just about anyone else I know.
Then there is the case of the Goatmother. She doesn't like the 'C' word. She doesn't like all the not-so-lovely things the evil beast has brought to her life, or the anxiety, the worry, or the what-ifs. But that's all okay, because she has chosen to follow the above wonderful advice and view it all a little differently. Well, mostly she has. Sometimes she slips up, but she's a human and not a goat, so what can you expect? Anyway, she tries to see all the good things that have been brought into her life as a result. Like the absolute TONS of fabulous and kind people, the impetus to finally lose all that stupid weight she's been trying to lose for such a long time (Boo. Please take note.), the joy only an exercise high can bring, and the knowledge that life is the bomb. Of course she knew all this before, but now she can see it more clearly with all it's glitter, bells, confetti, and as one of her friends likes to say, fairy dust.
At any rate, Thanksgiving is upon us and certainly this little strategy for living falls into that category. What are you thankful for this year? Me? Peanuts. Does this surprise you? Silly people! Peanuts are for goats ... and being thankful.
" Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." - Oprah Winfrey
Ah, another of those wise human beings. I wish I'd said that. Happy Thanksgiving! May you have the warmth of love at your table. And Peanuts. Don't forget the Peanuts. I'm just sayin' ...