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Life Lessons We Can Learn from Cows

Unherd Wisdom

How often do you pass a cow grazing in a field and simply view it as an animal fulfilling its routine duties? How often do you pause and consider the wisdom these gentle beings may impart upon us? While cows might not be the first choice for many when it comes to seeking out life lessons, a closer look at their habits and behaviors can provide a refreshing perspective.

Firstly, cows live a life of utter simplicity. They feed, they graze, they rest, they repeat. This simplicity, though mundane to some, is a testament to the power of contentment. In an age where ambition and aspiration fuel our lives, a cow’s simple existence reminds us to appreciate what we have, to find joy in the bare necessities, and to attain peace amidst life’s chaos. Isn't that a lesson worth learning in our often complex and discontented lives?

Secondly, cows are embodiments of patience. A cow will stand in the sun or rain, waiting patiently for the weather to change. A cow will chew its cud, slowly, methodically, taking its time to draw out all the nourishment. From these humble creatures, we can learn the value of patience, a virtue so often forgotten in our fast-paced world. They teach us to slow down, to wait, and to remember that good things often come to those who can bide their time.

Thirdly, cows are inherently community animals. They move in herds, they protect each other, and they communicate with each other. Despite their individual strength, they lean on the collective, highlighting the importance of community and togetherness. The cow, in its gentle ways, prompts us to foster our bonds with our community, to take care of each other, and to respect the value of unity.

Fourthly, cows are known for their serene and non-aggressive nature. Even when provoked, they rarely respond with violence. Their demeanor inspires us to cultivate a sense of peace and tranquility within ourselves, encouraging us to react less aggressively to provocation and focus more on maintaining harmony and balance in our own lives.

Lastly, the life of a cow is an exercise in giving. Cows provide us with milk, a nutrient-rich resource, vital for our sustenance. The selfless giving of cows is a lesson in generosity and kindness, reminding us that in giving, we receive.

In the grand scheme of life, we often overlook the humble cow, seeing it merely as an animal rather than a bearer of wisdom. But isn't it time we took a pause, observed, and absorbed the lessons these creatures effortlessly demonstrate?

As we rush through our lives, striving to accomplish and achieve, can we embrace the patience of a cow waiting for the rain to pass? Can we embody the cow's sense of community in our solitary-focused lives? Can we learn to give selflessly, as a cow does every day? Are we ready to mull over the wisdom from the quiet, grassy fields? After all, isn’t wisdom where you least expect it to be, often the most profound?


Note: In the context of the article, "unherd" is a pun on the word "unheard," with "herd" referring to a group of cows. The phrase "Unherd Wisdom" is meant to suggest wisdom that is both unheard (not widely recognized or acknowledged) and derived from the "herd" (cows). It's a playful way of saying that we can find unexpected wisdom in the behavior and characteristics of a herd of cows.


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23-Sep-2023

More by :  P. Mohan Chandran

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Views: 511      Comments: 2



Comment Simply amazing...yes ...the cow teaches ....marvelous observations...

P C K PREM
24-Sep-2023 22:29 PM

Comment This is an exceptionally neatly worded wise writeup on Cows. Yes.I personally feel many times we need to learn on life from birds and animals around us though short or long as they take their lives and move on.

G Swaminathan
23-Sep-2023 21:46 PM




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