During the Christmas holiday season, I have to smile when I hear people complain about having to work on Christmas Eve or even Christmas Day. Ranchers never get a holiday. They don’t even get a weekend off. Day-in-day-out there are animals to feed, fence to repair, water to change, pastures to cultivate, equipment to fix, and more. Ranchers don’t work eight hour shifts. They work until the job is done, or there isn’t enough light to continue. Then, start all over at the break of dawn the next day. You’d think with all this hard work ranchers would be nothing but a bunch of complainers, but they’re not. They love what they do. I’ve never met a rancher who didn’t. Remember this the next time you find yourself grumbling about work. If ranchers, who have an unmatched work ethic, can do it with a smile, so should you.
Janelle Evans, Author
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