Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. Dale Carnegie
As I open the barn door that Chris and I built together, and step in to goat area, I hear their calls…Mawwwwww. They know me. They are so happy to see me and I to see them. I do my quick “look over” and find two healthy and happy goats. They both get a hug and scratches on their necks before I grab the orange and green leashes. I remember we bought the leashes at Tractor Supply shortly before we were going to pick Luna and Areida up at Poplar Hill Farm in Minnesota. They both stand so nicely while I put the leashes on and push open the gate. They lead me out of the barn and to the left towards the field of their favorite green edibles. We practice walking with the goats on leashes for part of our walk. I smile just thinking about how quickly they learn to come when we pull gently and give a particular command. We then let the leashes go, and they trail behind them as they walk and scan the ground and trees for snacks. I smile and say out loud to my husband how absolutely wonderful they both are
Hope hides in those things that inspire our potential and push us in the direction that will make use of our best selves. One only has to listen closely to hope’s silent and painful absence or the clarity and beauty of its presence to know if your own path is under your feet.