It’s like having a milk cow. Having a milk cow is a very strict discipline and a very trying circumstance. It means you’ve got to be home twice a day to milk whether you want to or not, or else the cow will be ruined.
Some days you’d rather do anything than go down to that barn and maybe some days you go and you’re kind of bored with it. But other days it’s a most rewarding thing and you realize that you get the reward and happiness of it because you stuck to it when it wasn’t rewarding.
There’s some kind of wisdom in that fidelity, when you can say,
“All right, every day ain’t going to be the best day of your life, don’t worry about that.
If you stick to it you hold the possibility open that you will have better days.”
-Wendell Berry: Farmer, Poet, Philosopher, 78 years old in 2013