Sunday, July 21, 2024
HomeNotes From KathyThe Thinking Grazier Makes You Go, “Hmm….”

The Thinking Grazier Makes You Go, “Hmm….”

What do you do when you encounter information that challenges long-held beliefs?

Most of us get defensive to some degree. In fact, research shows that the more the information challenges our sense of self, the more threatened we feel and the more defensive we become, making us less likely to listen to or accept the information. The problem is we may ignore something truly helpful, something that could make our lives better.

So, as you read this week’s “The Thinking Grazier” I’m going to ask you not to react, but to pause, and then respond. What’s the difference? As Sabrina Baker of Acacia HR Solutions writes:

“A reaction is typically quick, without much thought, tense and aggressive. It typically provokes more reactions, perpetuating a long line of hatefulness with nothing accomplished. A response typically provokes [constructive] discussion that leads to resolution.

“Reaction is quick. Response takes time.
“Reaction is emotion-filled. Response removes all emotion.”

Why is this important? Because this week, we’re going to challenge a long-held belief, something that you might react to negatively. In fact, when I was interviewing Dr. Lauren Porensky about her work and findings, we both agreed there were going to be a lot of people who would react negatively simply because her results don’t coincide with a story we’ve been telling for years about grazing management. Her results have implications for practices we’re invested in and that feels uncomfortable.

“The Thinking Grazier” is a new offering from On Pasture. You can read more here about what it is and why I thought readers might appreciate it. Access everything in the category so far here.

But that’s what “The Thinking Grazier” column is all about – looking at new information and considering what it means for how we manage our pastures and care for our livestock. My intent is never to be combative, but to simply offer information that gets that big brain of yours looking at something in a new way, so you can create new solutions, improve your management, and be a profitable, successful grazier. I hope it makes you go, “Hmm……”

With that in mind, I’ll leave you to enjoy this week’s “The Thinking Grazier.

Thanks for reading!


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Kathy Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.

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