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Farmers not in a hurry

I can’t remember a farmer who was ever in a hurry.

Farmers characteristically work hard, but there is too much work to do to be in a hurry.
On a farm everything is connected both in place and in time. Nothing is done that isn’t connected to something else;

if you get in a hurry, break the rhythms of the land and the seasons and the weather, things fall apart — you get in the way of something set in motion last week or month. A farm is not neat — there is too much going on that is out of your control. Farms help us learn patience and attentiveness : “I am trying to teach my mind / to bear the long, slow growth / of the fields, and to sing / of its passing while it waits.”

Eugene Peterson

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