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Hereford Mom Diaries

| by Christy Couch Lee

A. Goff & Sons

1661 Hazelgreen Rd., Harrisville, WV 26362 304-643-2196 • Since 1910

Forty Things I’ve Learned in 40 Years

Celebrating our 106th Year

I recently turned the big 4-0. It wasn’t nearly as traumatic as I had anticipated it being — 40 is the new 20, or something like that, right? As I reflect on these first four decades, I see that my priorities and views on the world have changed greatly from 20 years ago. Thank goodness. In honor of this milestone, 40 things I’ve learned in 40 years:

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1) Life isn’t always going to turn out as I had planned.

2) And life goes on.

3) Sometimes my greatest blessings have come from those twists and turns I never saw coming.

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5) Speaking of jobs: I’ve learned not to put my entire identity into my career. There’s more to me than just how I make my living. 6) Striving to be a dependable friend, caring mom, devoted wife and supportive daughter and granddaughter will be much more fruitful.

7) Family always comes first. Always.

8) When my grandma calls, no matter what I’m doing, I answer that call.

9) When my dad gives advice and shares a story from his days of showing cattle across the country, I listen, I really listen. It could be the last time I hear that story.

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4) Being “Mom” will be the most incredible, and challenging, job of my life.

10) Staying in my comfort zone is, well, comfortable. But I’ll never grow by staying in the safe zone. Sometimes I’ve got to scare myself a little.


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11) When I commit, I must give it my all.

12) No matter how much I hate “losing,” sometimes my greatest lessons in humility come in the losses. 13) I will always hate losing.

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14) I’ve learned I really shouldn’t worry so much about what people think of me.

15) And if we could see inside the minds of others, we would also realize just how rarely they actually do think about us. 16) Comparison is the thief of joy.

17) If I could truly see the struggles of those around me, I wouldn’t worry so much about my own.

18) It’s OK to look back on my college years as some of the best years of my life. 19) It’s OK to be thankful social media didn’t develop until many years after I graduated from college, especially during those Thursday nights at the Wormy Dog. 20) I will simultaneously miss and roll my eyes over the cattle-show fashion trend that was Rockies.

21) We all have 24 hours in a day. But we don’t know how many days we have. Make the most of each day.

22) There’s a difference between busy and productive. Learn the difference. 23) Don’t compare my “start” to someone’s “middle.” Whether that’s in the showring, in business or in the way that top fits around the middle. 24) Take it easy on yourself. We’re all doing the best we can, and sometimes that’s all we can do. 25) Learn to say “no.” A “yes” to one project means a “no” to something else — time for a different project or, more importantly, time with my family. 26) Drink that water. 27) Sometimes people are shy, not stuck up. Thankfully, I learned this one about 15 years ago, or I would have never given my husband a chance on our first date.

29) I am never “too good” for any job. If something needs to be done, do it. 30) It’s also OK to ask questions if I’m unsure how to do something right.

31) My husband will always do things that will annoy me.

32) I’ll always do things that will annoy him. The key is to extend grace and to pick up those shoes he leaves in the hallway every day. It’s just easier. 33) A thank-you note is always appropriate. 34) Sometimes, the meanest people simply need kindness. 35) I will always want to go into “Momma Bear” mode when anyone picks on my kids. (But see rule No. 34.) 36) Take photos. Lots of them. You’ll never regret it. 37) I can’t control what happens to me, but I can choose how I respond to what happens to me. 38) It’s OK to be vulnerable. It’s OK to let folks know I’m not perfect because that’s how true relationships and connections are built. 39) No matter what happens in life, God is still God. God is still good. Thanks goes to my dear friend, Holly, for sharing that wisdom with me. 40) Life is beautiful, downright tough, absolutely rewarding and absolutely gut-wrenching. But every day we are alive is another chance to make a difference. So live it with all you’ve got. Christy Couch Lee is a freelance writer from Wellington, Ill. She can be reached at

28) It’s much more rewarding to spend money on experiences rather than things.

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| October 2017

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October 2017 issue of the voice of the American Hereford Association.

October 2017 Hereford World  

October 2017 issue of the voice of the American Hereford Association.