Do What You CAN Do, Regardless of Impact
He was going to kill her in front of me and I was freaking helpless…
Okay. I’d better start at the beginning.
My girls (the chickens) do their best for me.
So I do my best for them and Sunday my best was called into play in a horrible way.
Don’t Wait When You NEED to Act
This previous Sunday, that meant heeding the urge to look out the kitchen window just in time to see a mangy fox (and I’m not kidding, it was mangy!) chasing one of MY girls!
I immediately ran out of the house in pursuit. I was wearing very little – very short nighty under a sweatshirt, barefoot and on my iPhone, because I was talking to my best friend Elle.
I was screaming like a maniac for my husband and to get the fox to leave my girl alone. She was clearly terrified and running for her life. 🙁
She didn’t run to her coop but to the far side of the yard. When there was nowhere else to go, she plunged down the hill toward the neighbor’s property through scrub brush.
I’d already thrown the only things I could grab: one Nike flip-flop and 2 sticks – I needed about 5 baseballs and I could’ve hit the damn thing. (Actually, I needed a shotgun but that is a discussion for another day. Sigh.)
As she scrambled down the steep hill, I was hysterical because I couldn’t follow. And then I saw the fox snap at her tail, leaving a poof of feathers.
I ran back for my husband and by the time we returned, of course the fox and my girl were gone. 🙁 My heart sank. I felt it. Loss.
My husband, ever steady, convinced me that we had to get the other four girls back into the safety of the coop. Which I did reluctantly. I wanted to go after my girl and that asshole fox NOW.
He told me that the fox wouldn’t stay and he would take her away – we wouldn’t be able to find her. 🙁
Everything I train you for, is to be able to HEAR your intuition and my Chicken Mama heart said “go after your girl.”
So I did. I put on steel toe boots and grabbed a shovel.
The shovel was to bury my girl if I could find her, and fingers crossed, to beat the fox to death if he was dumb enough to be standing over her body. (Not kidding. My nightmare was to see a fox trying to eat my girl. That was even hard to TYPE).
If I’d Focused On the Likely Outcome, I’d Have Done NOTHING
Instead, after a good trek onto the neighbors property- I found my girl alive and in shock near their shed!
Now I begin to cry. I hold it together just long enough to call my husband to tell him to come get her, she must be hurt, but I don’t know how badly.
We bring her home and bring her inside our dining room in an old chicken cage he had. We settle her in.
I went into shock myself just after that.
I’m shaking and I can’t stand up and my arms and legs feel like rubber.
My chicken is in shock and I’m in shock. My husband forces me to sit in front of the fire and makes me drink whiskey and it helped! My fear was that she’s broken her leg but the next day, as you can see from the pictures, it looks like she broke or damaged a wing.
So, many YouTube videos later, I called my niece, Phillipa, over to help. I was terrified but determined to help her. Together, we bandaged our brave girl up. She did NOT fuss, wiggle or complain. And Philly named her “Red”.
Red’s recovering and I don’t know how she’ll do but I wouldn’t take back any effort I made, no matter the outcome.
If I focused on the most likely outcome, she’d have perished alone and afraid and soo close to her home, without her Momma.
What should you take away from this story?
That a six dollar chicken with a brand new name is one of the bravest little creatures I know right now. She did her very best regardless of what the outcome was most likely to be – and she lived.
I did my very best regardless of what the outcome may yet be
and I’m overjoyed.
Do what you CAN do, with what you HAVE, against
whatever odds are THERE.
That is faith in action. It triggers Miracles.
P.S. Sometimes, when you are at the end of your rope and the fox has you cornered, the neighbors dog will bark and your mother will come find you, patch you up and carry you home. (That’s how I coach too. I’ll come for you.)
Do what you can do regardless of the outcome.
God sent me to protect Red and to find her and to do my best to heal her and I will.
Thank you to Phillipa, who came back twice and helped me re-wrap Red 3x before I felt we had it!
Tanya Stewart is “The Alpha Woman Coach” and began coaching strong women as a Divorce lawyer in her own high conflict law firm 20 years ago. She understands how Alpha women are wired and using her Master’s level Metaphysics background and Advanced Clinical Certification in Hypnotherapy, she brings rapid change to people she works with.
She is a speaker, published author and Mensa member whose coaching is recommended by the World-Famous Motivator, Les Brown, Best-Selling Love Coach Greg Baer and International Change Expert, Dr. Eldon Taylor. She can teach you to separate struggle from success.