Less than 24 hours after being bedridden with a virulent stomach flu, Megan rallied back to tie for 3rd place in the state 10 year old gymnastics competition in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday.
As I studied her with questions in my eyes the morning of the competition, she looked at me and said “I’m going to do this, Mom.” I realized that physically she was not 100%, but I believed her because I knew that Megan would Cowgirl Up. Cowgirl Up is an expression that is regularly spoken at the Feed Yard Foodie house.
It is what happens when adversity is embraced as opportunity.
Four strong gymnastics routines later, she was standing on the awards stand with a big smile on her face. While I am certainly proud of the hard work that she has put in to be competitive in gymnastics, I am more proud of the mental toughness and tenacity that drove her to personal victory.
Megan was able to sustain despite a challenge, and that is the essence of the expression Cowgirl Up.
Each year as winter turns into spring, I am amazed at the ability of our land to sustain growth and start to awaken from hibernation.
- My crocuses bloom only to get covered with snow.
- The grass starts to green despite nightly temperatures in the teens.
- The geese and the sandhill cranes determinedly fly north as the stubborn Nebraska wind attempts to push them back to where they originated.
- My horses and cattle begin to shed their winter coats as the days get longer and their bodies tell them that warmer temperatures are coming.
- Neighboring ranches celebrate the birth of baby calves as the bovine life cycle perpetuates.
Mother Nature does a beautiful rendition of Cowgirl Up each spring and it is something that I watch for with great excitement. This spring, as the Nebraska earth awakens on our farm, I am beginning a new theme entitled Sustainable Spring.
Throughout this series of posts, I would like to share our experiences as the farm sustains life, and our natural resources steadfastly provide despite challenges.
We can Cowgirl Up together and hopefully have a great discussion of the increasingly popular term sustainability. Drop me a note with any specific topics or questions that you might have!