Several of you have asked about my adventures in calving during the past couple of weeks. I still have four cows that are holding out for better weather or a really inconvenient day, I suppose.

Klinger, a little bull calf that has worn a hat and a coat, has tried to die on several occasions. My brother said “Well, it’s Klinger. He’s looking for a section eight.” He spent some time at the vet clinic and has had the best care that a calf could have during the first three weeks of life. I am happy to report that just yesterday he started running away from me so he must have decided to live. I guess he is tired of all the shots and manhandling.

It also occurred to me yesterday that we are incredibly blessed.

My heart aches for the people that have been affected by the flooding and the blizzard across our state during the last week. The images that have been posted included loss of life, devastation of property and the unbelievable amount of snow, ice and water. With every new report I found tears forming in my eyes and a heaviness in my chest. It’s hard to watch.

I was not personally affected by the destruction, only inconvenienced by the closing of bridges in Beatrice. I simply can’t imagine that kind of loss.

But as I was told a few years ago, whenever there is some type of a disaster, “always look for the helpers.” It’s true every time. There are always people that have stepped up and helped with sand- bags, moving horses and cattle or clean up and rebuilding.

There are plenty of those stories.

I’m reminded of the image of the State Trooper who stopped to aid a calf that was frozen to the ground in western Nebraska saving the calf’s life.

A friend posted this yesterday on her Facebook wall:

“If I am ever stuck in a natural disaster, I pray to God it happens in Nebraska. Being surrounded by farmers, ranchers and other individuals raised with that in their blood is the safest place in the world. The don’t strive to be heroes. They just are. God has led them to care for his creatures, his animals, his humans and his soil. He stuck them in the middle of the United States for a reason. For the same reason the heart is found in the center of our bodies.”

I love that because I see how true it is from my perspective and such powerful, healing words.

By doing what God has called us to do, we are living the version of our most authentic selves. It may not be convenient or comfortable, but if we are working from our strengths with purpose, we are living our calling during that time.

Not everyone can help clean up debris or shovel mud, but maybe you can donate supplies or possibly cook a hot meal for volunteers. There will be a lot to do to recover from the loss that many people in Nebraska has suffered, but we are community. It’s just what we do.

I’ve known for years that my most authentic self is found on my family farm caring for the cattle or land. It is a portion of what God has called me to do. My purpose.

Where is your most authentic self?

You can find your authentic self by understanding your human nature, what you can change and what you cannot, your personality traits and learned behaviors. Your values, beliefs and strengths.

You have a purpose.

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