“Don’t Be a Cow!”
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DON’T BE A COW!
Authors George & Rachel Barker shed some light on “Finding Your Own Path” to Happiness
Tallassee, AL (May 2, 2017) – Taking a cue from the ups and downs of their own path to happiness, George & Rachel Barker have penned, “Don’t Be A Cow! A Collection of Daily Observations and Lessons For Discovering True Happiness.”
“The title came to me while I was working with high school seniors at church and we were trying to come up with a way to teach them about not following the crowd,” George said.
I recalled driving through the countryside (Tallassee is just outside Auburn, AL) and observed that in the middle of a cow pasture there was a worn-out path down the middle, but lush green grass surrounding it, and I thought, the cows can go anywhere but they follow each other in a straight path.”
Inspired, that created the metaphor of not being a cow, but instead finding yourself and being individual.
“Years later we would run into some of the teenagers we had first introduced the idea, and overhear them talking about ‘not being a cow,’ or that a ‘friend had been a real cow,’ and that’s when we realized we could take this teaching moment to another level, a book, which could help people of all ages,” Rachel said.
George said he began by writing a list of life lessons – things that Rachel and he had gone through in life while raising their blended family of four children – and when he finished the list, there were 31.
The authors, through the characters Joe and Jane in the book, take you on a journey of awareness, personal reflection and sharing in discovering true happiness. Each day features a thought-provoking illustration by Pat Achilles, game exercises, and soulful enlightenment in song and quotations relevant to that particular day’s journey. Along the way you’ll be inspired by famous (and not so famous) people such as Deepak Chopra, Mother Teresa, Gretchen Rubin, Thomas Jefferson, Kris Kristofferson, Katy Perry – even Samuel Jackson. The appendix features a section where you, the reader, create your own list of inspired quotes and songs and an explanation “Who’s who” of those quoted throughout. “We really wanted to make this an interactive book, a stepping stone, for an individual’s own journey in finding one’s path to happiness and celebrating our uniqueness,” George said.
“Take some time to reflect on who it is you are,” George said. Are you doing the things that make you who you are? And, what you enjoy? If not, figure out what are the things you would change or do differently, and work through it,” he said.
“Believe us when we say, we have lived this book and not just written it,” adds Rachel. “But, through it all, it was also fun. We didn’t sit down and write together,” she said,” but did our parts and saw the big picture. In the end, hopefully our fun, light-hearted approach inspires others on their path of personal growth.”
The Barkers also have a big love of the outdoors. Rachel has a degree in Landscape and Ornamental Horticulture and George has a degree in Forest Resource and Conservation. Their passion for the environment lead them to dedicate their book to Mother Nature, “who provides us with a great playground,” with their non-profit organization Land and Trees Unlimited receiving a large percentage of the books proceeds.
In addition to the book, you can share in the discussion on their website, dontbeacow.com, on the blog, Cow Talk, on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
“Life really is a collaboration and sharing what works and doesn’t work is what it’s all about,” she said.
The book is available through Amazon.com and the website.
About George and Rachel Barker: “Don’t Be A Cow! Find Your Own Path: A Collection of Daily Observations and Lessons for Discovering True Happiness!” is their first book, and is currently available on Amazon.com and the website, DontBeACow.com. Rachel has a degree in Landscape and Ornamental Horticulture; George has a degree in Forest Resource and Conservation. They dedicate their book to Mother Nature, “who provides us with a great playground,” with a portion of the book sales being given back through their non-profit organization, Land and Trees Unlimited (LandandTreesUnlimited.Com)