Updated: Sep 15, 2020
If you don’t like the options in front of you, wait for something else. Stability, but also dissatisfaction, disillusionment, or disappointment. Meditation, evaluation, melancholy. Introspection, avoidance. Awaiting transformation. Disconnectedness; possible depression.
When a young Basque herder arrived in the US, usually to work for a relative, he would be provided with a tent, pack mule, saddle and panniers, a bedroll of heavy blankets and canvas tarp, Dutch oven for cooking, rifle, canteen, sheep hook, etc. A sheep dog was both a companion and a partner; experienced sheepdogs often knew more about herding sheep than the new immigrants. While the right clothes and equipment could help him endure the physical elements, nothing could prepare him for the silence and isolation. Most endured the loneliness, but some were overwhelmed by the strange country and became reclusive or “struck by sagebrush.” Some chose to receive their annual salary in sheep rather than cash, so they could start their own herds.