When I started on this journey of sharing common sense to help guide folks to an uncommon life, I quickly realized the real treasure wasn’t in the uncommon, but in the common. It really is true that a lot of wisdom can be gained by just using simple common sense.
As I’ve shared stories about sisters selling watermelons, friends baking cookies, change agents acting on vision, simple behaviors yielding significant financial results, and everyday actions that change lives, I realize more than ever uncommon is simply discovering and acting upon the common. If you are yearning for the uncommon life, simply look no further than the common world that surrounds you.
And sometimes that may lead you to the most unpredictable of places………
Never in my most creative mindset would I have thought that today’s wisdom would come from the Twilight Meadows Farms’ chicken house, owned by my friends, Barry and Helen Koch.
“Where, in your chicken adventures, can you find some wisdom that could help guide folks to an uncommon life?” That was the question I asked Barry and Helen which created the catalyst for observing and sharing their chicken wisdom. These common sense keys to an uncommon life, from a chicken’s perspective, can be a reminder to all of us that uncommon wisdom can be found in the miracle of the common. I hope you enjoy their enlightening words below, just as I have.
by Barry and Helen Koch.
We are in the midst of a grand adventure, raising poultry. It is providing great wisdom and entertainment, and an abundance of great, new relationships/friendships. We are amazed at the lessons we are learning from our chicken family. Here are some of them:
● Get up early. There’s always something to be doing.
● Keep scratching. You will eventually find the answer, or something to eat.
● Be patient. Wait your turn.
● Freely share everything. It doesn’t belong to you anyway. It’s all on loan from God.
● Share your nest with friends.
● Fiercely protect your young, but let them explore the world around them.
● Naps are important.
● Squawk when necessary to let others know you’ve laid an egg (good or bad).
● Crow to let others know when something changes or you sense danger.
● Laugh at yourself.
● Be unique.
● Chase butterflies.
● Give everything a try at least once.
● Test your wings now and then so you are ready to fly when opportunity arises.
● Take baths and put yourself to bed early so you are rested for the next day.
● Roost close. There is warmth and safety in numbers.
Thanks to Barry and Helen and their flock for their chicken wisdom. I hope you’ll learn more about them and their Twilight Meadows Farms.
Can we even imagine the golden egg of wisdom that would come our way if we simply embraced the common around us? Keep scratching, you’ll eventually find it.