And, sometimes, it comes down to the “Third Rule”


My job is simple: get around the fields and feed and shepherd the different flocks of ewes— dealing with any issues that arise.

First rule of shepherding: it’s not about you, it’s about the sheep and the land.

Second rule: you can’t win sometimes.

Third rule: shut up, and go and do the work.

~ James Rebanks, The Shepherd’s Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape.



  1. The universal laws…amen.

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  2. Amen MImi. Shut up and get on with it 🙂

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  3. It looks so soft!!

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  4. Sounds just like my hubby: ‘Get ‘er done!’

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  5. yes.

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  6. Yes it does… Even although we might not want it to be so. 💛

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  7. The life of a shepherd…one can only imagine. But, the lesson…

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  8. Shouldn’t the first rule be, “it’s not about ewe?” 🙂

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  9. Old school. My favorite kind.

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  10. Ah, that there were 3 pragmatic rules for my work! ;]

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