Our backyard chicken has taken to staying in her coop and sitting on her egg (or golf ball), whatever is available to her. When I lift the lid of her box to check in, her feathers puff up and she shrieks.
She is a sweet and social fowl usually squawking at the backdoor each day for some good morning attention. When this stopped I grew concerned. When she screamed at me, I grew very concerned. Alas, google.
Brooding is the word for chickens trying to hatch their egg. Peck, our sweet chicken, is brooding. She is spending all her time and energy trying to make something come to life that simply won't ever be what she wants it to be.
To think deeply about something that makes one unhappy. That's brooding for humans according to the online dictionary. Worry, fret, sulk, mope, agonize, overthink. The synonyms.
Or, Brooding: The sitting on a brain egg that won't grow and will surely rot and stink up all your gray matter. -Amie speak.
I've come to realize that I too have been doing some brooding lately. A lot of brooding lately. Like my chicken, sometimes I choose to sit on my egg day in and day out. My dead brain egg.
I heard recently: Change your expectation or change your circumstance.
That thought has stuck with me. I have been trying to apply it to some of the things I am brooding over. Asking, can I change this circumstance or my expectation of it?
Jesus asked: Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Matthew 6:27
It's a good question. What do I hope to gain by my brooding? Life. More life . Better life. That's as likely to happen as my chicken hatching her unfertilized egg. Worrying/brooding gains nothing. Unless you count a smelly brain space.
So, what can I do? What can I do to live rather than brood? Change the circumstance or my expectation about the circumstance. Working on it.
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Links to Books Read in 2017:
1. Hope Heals by Catherine Wolf
2. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
3. Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life by Emily P. Freeman
4. In the Shadow of Lakecrest by Elizabeth Blackwell
5. Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
6. This is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live by Melody Warrnick
7. It's Not Fair: Learning to Love the Life You didn't Choose by Melanie Dale
8. Hope Sings: Risk More. Dream Bigger. Fear Less. by Susanna Foth Aughtmon
9. Queen of the Universe: Encouragement for Moms and Their World-Changning Work by Susanna Foth Aughtmon
10. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
11. Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying so Hard by Jennie Allen
12. My Reality by Melissa Rycroft
13. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
14. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
15. Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine