I don’t know much about cows, except that they seem really peaceful when I see them on the side of a hill munching grass.
Low stress. No hurry. They’re just enjoying being cows.
But they don’t like rain.
The other day, I read about a rancher in a Midwestern rural community who has hundreds of cows. His cows roam freely over miles of pastureland, and they lead pretty comfortable lives.
At certain times of the year, cloudbursts come through on a regular basis. They only last about five minutes, and they move pretty slowly.
But the cows don’t like those mini-storms. So they try to run away from them.
The problem is, cows don’t run very fast.
The storms don’t move very fast.
So the cows run along with the storm, and they get soaked a lot longer. If they just stood still, the storm would be uncomfortable – but it would be over a lot quicker as it moved over them. By running with the storm, they prolong the pain.
Relationships are like that.
When there’s something uncomfortable that needs to be addressed, we don’t look forward to it. We put off talking about it. We procrastinate. We hope it’ll just get better.
The longer we put it off, the more it grows – and the worse it becomes.
By putting off the tough conversation, we prolong the discomfort.
We run with the storm.
It’s uncomfortable to deal with tough issues when they first surface, but it’s the best time to address them. If we wait, it always gets worse.
Issues that are procrastinated on are always magnified.
Are you dreading a tough conversation? Now’s the time to make it happen.
Don’t be a cow.
Don’t run with the storm.
Deal with it now, and it you’ll get past it more quickly.
Maybe it’s time to mooooove into the conflict.
(Sorry – couldn’t resist.)