Music Heals the Soul When There is Doubt

By Lauren Schwab

Farming is hard work and it can come with doubt when times get hard. Farming is a lifestyle. It can be difficult to understand why someone would want to go with no days off work, an empty bank account and daily break downs. I will always admire the farmer and their dream to produce food and fiber for the world. I can with out a doubt tell you I know what hard work is. I have pushed on through more than what I think I am capable of. With cuts and bruises, callused hands and tired eyes. I do it because I know my family and animals depend on me.

I will be honest, farming is both physically and mentally exhausting. The days can seem long and when things go wrong it can be hard to keep the faith. When I find myself in a negative state, I refuse to let my spirit be crushed. So I put my head phones in and my mind can instantly be taken to another place. I find myself, pushing on, dancing in the barns and day dreaming about fun things that could happen in the future. I love to imagine great things happening and know I can become a stronger woman.

I have discovered with social media, it can be hard not to envy what others are doing or may have. I find myself thinking about others having fun while I’m working or wondering why we have it so much harder. All I know is that I am a farm girl right now for a reason. I don’t know what the future holds, but I have the power to create the life of my dreams and I will not let hard times break me. I can be peace, love and light in the midst of darkness.

Here are some melodies by Monroeville that help me push through:

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