80s Songs, Cows, and Choices

So one of the songs stuck in my brain today came out way back in the 80s called, “What’s On Your Mind” sung by Information Society.

You might remember it.  It  goes like this…

I want to know what you’re thinking.  Tell me what’s on your mind.

You can take the girl out of the 80s but you can’t take the 80s out of the girl. 🙂

Interestingly enough, this song made me think of the cows I pass every time I go out for a run.  I’ll admit here today that I am, in fact, the crazy runner who likes to talk to the cows.  “Hey there moo-moos…how you doing today?”

Most of the time, one or two of the cows will then look up from their grass-eating and acknowledge my presence…their eyes following my movement down the road.

And, every time I see these cows, I can’t help but think about the conversation I had with my husband several years ago. One day we happened to be driving by this same pasture on a particularly cold and rainy day.

My husband and I proceeded to have an exchange that went something like this:

Me:  “Poor cows.  I wonder what they think about having to stand out in a downpour like this?”

Hubby: “You want to know what they’re thinking.  Here’s what they’re thinking.”

He proceeds to sit absolutely still with a blank expression and a empty stare on his face.

Apparently, my husband is under the impression that cows could care less if it rains or if it shines.

I guess, if his logic is correct, then I am nothing like a cow…at least when it comes to how I react to storms I must face in life.

I don’t like being stuck out in the cold or in the rain.  I don’t like feeling stranded with no place to take cover.

As I thought about this a little bit more,  I realized that for years I chose to stand out in the rain and get drenched instead of running to the safe, dry shelter I had access to.  Even though I could have chosen differently, I chose to stand their like these cows.

I opted for miserable simply because it was familiar.

I am thankful for the ability to think, to feel, to understand, and to make choices.  I am thankful for the ability to say, “No more.”

I am thankful for the ability to say “I will not settle.  Life on this earth is too short.”

No matter what my circumstances are, no matter how strong the storm might be…miserable never has to be an option again.


God’s a safe-house for the battered,
a sanctuary during bad times.
The moment you arrive, you relax;
you’re never sorry you knocked.
Psalm 9: 9-10 Message

And, of course, all this talk about shelter made me think of another 80s song. 🙂

5 thoughts on “80s Songs, Cows, and Choices

  1. bill (cycleguy)

    Love your husband’s sense of humor. I chuckled as i had the picture in my mind. I love the references in Psalms about how God is our refuge and shelter in a time of storm. Thanks for a good thought today Eileen.

  2. Stephen Haggerty

    Thanks, Eileen, not just for the ’80’s references, but for the lesson as well 🙂
    I’ve worked with cows before, and have to say that I sure hope that my behavior is NOT likened to theirs.
    I really appreciate your attitude to move away from being miserable, as life indeed is way too short!

  3. Kandi


    I am so with you sister on the 80’s thing. I see so many people standing out in the rain, they are desperate for change yet they stay in the familar, I know that life well, life is too short to live it in the rain.

    Blessings to you Eileen


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