This week Awesome Stories brings you the cowboy life, gypsy goats, and the gifts of resiliency.
I found this conversation with Jim Brooks very interesting. Jim is a black man with a passion for the cowboy life, horses, music, and more. He seems to have followed his passions all through his life developing a deep trust in himself, God, and life. I both admire and envy his clarity of direction. My life has been a continual struggle to find things that bring passion and meaning for me. Maybe it helps that he was brought up in a Quaker environment where they are taught to sit and listen for the voice of God within. Jim talks a lot about how he has learned to not force things, but rather to wait patiently for God and life to bring him what he needs and wants. I found the article very insightful about life, following our passions, and an inside view of the cowboy life.
The Gifts of Resiliency
Brene Brown talks about resiliency and defines it as the ability to overcome adversity. She was fascinated why some people seem to thrive on adversity and others seem to wither. Brene found that resilient people tend to be resourceful, problem solvers, ask for help, believe they can cope, and have social support and family connections. Her research revealed the core competencies for becoming more resilient as cultivating hope, awareness, and vulnerability. The surprising common ground for everyone she studied was having a spiritual foundation. I love her definition of spirituality as the belief in a power greater than self, interconnection with that power and other people, and everything being grounded in love and compassion. This Spirituality and Practice article explores Brene’s latest research on resiliency and her book called the Gift of Imperfection. Resiliency is also a hot topic in environmental circles and considered the most important trait people and communities need to develop in order to cope with climate change.
Lani Malmberg is called the Gypsy Goat herder. In fact, she is a very intelligent, caring, educated woman who lives her values by goat herding. She is one of the pioneers in using goats to maintain and restore land through controlled grazing to remove weeds and return the land to a healthy, natural ecosystem. The video below highlights one of her projects in Maui where she helped train and implement a pilot program to maintain public lands with goats instead of chemicals. Her goats clear the vegetation, digest, and then recycle the nutrients in their poop, creating a very efficient way to maintain land, especially since goats love to eat weeds and plants inedible to other animals. We have local companies like Greedy Goats of NWA who are also using goats to help landowners clear and maintain their land.
May your week be full of passion, resiliency, and nature.