Summer 2020

Barzona Bulletin A Publication of the Barzona Breeders Association of America

President’s Message

By Dodd Carmichael, Wild N Grazy Farm, BBAA President

W e are halfway through 2020, and it is bound to be a big one in the annals of history. If I didn’t need the time, I would like to press the fast forward button ... but, I need it. So, if you feel like I do, make sure you use the time wisely. Distractions are immense, so it’s time to buckle down and focus on the things that are most important. Listen while I give myself some advice about eliminat- ing distractions: 1. Remove distractions by limiting time on social media. As Bobby Boucher says in The Water Boy , “... it’s da debil.” If someone is a good enough friend that you value what they

have to say, call or text them. Social media is specifically designed to keep you engaged, i.e., distracted. Nobody needs to know that much of someone else’s thoughts or everybody else’s business! In the truest sense of these words, mind your own business. 2. Quit listening to the news ... especially politics. We all have various ideas about the government and the elections. According to my echo chamber, I’m right and you’re wrong. That’s right, we just turn to Faux News or Cartoon News Network to justify our decisions and cheer for our team. These echo chambers are just divisive wastes of time. They either give you undeserved

righteous indignation or generate unreasonable fear and hate, and both are bad for your heart and soul. In reality, we already know how we are going to vote. Just vote! 3. Now that you’ve eliminated all the noise, indulge yourself in an original thought or idea. It may be an idea that just flashed through your mind. Or it may be a thought that you have had a million times but repressed because “everyone would think it’s dumb” or “I’m too old” or “I’ve seen too many dreams die to chase another one.” This time, don’t dismiss it. Write it down, develop it, visualize it and act upon it. Just the newness of the exploration will make you more alive. Who knows, you may actually come up with an idea worthy of risk-taking – and that’s where things really get interesting! 4. Make and own your decisions. With your mind back from the abyss of distraction, your decision-making will improve. You will still make mistakes, but guess what? You will get to make more decisions in life. Live and learn and don’t beat yourself up over mistakes. Indecision is still a decision, and I’m pretty sure more opportunities have been lost that way than any other. I believe original thinkers and decision makers are more likely to consider Bar- zona cattle. If you are a current breeder, try a new marketing approach or graz- ing technique – something new – to keep your enthusiasm high. Our annual meeting will be Aug. 21-23 in Montgom- ery, Ala. Our host, Raymond Boykin, has plenty of keen insights to share about the value and performance of his Barzo- na cattle in hot, humid Alabama. Come, join us, and bring your ideas! BB

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