Good movement draws good movement.
It’s this thing that happens when we ask a small group of cattle, maybe a pair (cow and her calf) or two, to move out in a certain direction and their movement draws the whole herd into moving in the same direction. It’s what you see in the picture above.
Good movement happens when we have a positive attitude, read and really listen to what our cattle are telling us, and communicate accordingly. It happens when we use language they understand, ask them kindly, and say please and thank.
Good movement does not happen when we have a grouch on and are unwilling to understand what our cattle are showing us. It doesn’t happen with a bad attitude or a heavy hand. And it most certainly does not happen if you try to force it.
The same is true of people.
If you try to force folks into your way of thinking, or come at them with a grouch on, you’re not likely to get a great response. They’ll most likely shut down or give you the finger. All movement in the conversation will halt, or worse, they’ll get on the fight themselves.
On the flipside, if you treat people with kindness and really listen to what they have to say, you’re more likely to get a positive response and good conversation in return.
I see so much dialogue online and in media today that does not promote good movement, constructive conversation, or anything positive really. And friend, I’m tired of it. But I’m not the type to just complain about something and not do anything about it. So, I’m starting with me.
I know that good movement, whether we’re talking about interaction with a herd of cattle or a fellow human, is something that takes respect and a willingness to understand. It takes self-reflection, personal adjustment, and a certain level of humility.
It takes work.
But that’s work I’m more than willing to do, especially if it draws good movement and makes this world (and the internet) a happier place.
Who’s with me? Who’s ready to draw good movement?
*This was previously published back in July on my Facebook back in July. If you aren’t already, feel free to follow along on Facebook for even more constructive conversation, connection, and posts like this.