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How to Stop Running Around like a Chicken with its Head Cut Off

Stop Running Around Like Chickens With Their Heads Cut Off


Stop Pulling Your Hair Out



While in the shower this morning, I was reminded (this thought just popped into my head for some unknown reason) about a saying that my mother would always say to us growing up in Georgia. She would tell all of us siblings, and I am the oldest of four siblings—“You all are running around like chickens with their heads cut off.” I never understood what in the world she was talking about then.

She would also tell us, when we would get into a big hurry, "I am so glad your head is attached, as you would lose it somewhere." Can you imagine! I was really glad mine was attached, as I know I would lose mine somewhere. Ha.

I do know, and I am sure we all can relate to this “running around like chickens with their heads cut off,” especially in today’s world. My mother was attempting to tell us to slow down, and to not run off into a hundred different directions without any focus.

Do You even Know in Which Direction You Are Going?


Note: I buy my chicken at the grocery store, as I did not grow up on a farm or in the country.

However, my husband tells me about such things, as he has seen his grandmother grab up a chicken and chop! Then, a little while later supper was on the table, extra fresh to say the least. But once a chicken’s head is cut off, they really do run around, not having a clue where they are running to, or why.

How A Chicken Can Run Around With Its Head Cut Off


Seems as though:

Everyday, its hop out of bed, into the shower, slurp down some coffee, get dressed, hop into the car, drive an hour to work, work all day, run errands during lunch, hop in the car to go home, drive an hour, cook, clean, do laundry, get into bed again. Wake up the next day, and start all over again. And my children are grown!

Well, this is not exactly the truth here always in this present time, as I have learned to take things a lot slower.

However, on those days, when the power fluxes and my alarm does not go off, or for some reason I do oversleep, well, the chicken is just running around again without her head!!!!

If you do work outside of the home, here are some tips to help your morning go well (as my children are grown, I will not go into that aspect of the morning routine of young children in the home, but I remember well those days) – in fact, just until recently, my grown son and his children, my granddaughters, lived with us for 18 months due to circumstances beyond their control):


First and foremost, the night before, set your coffeemaker to automatically brew the coffee in the morning, so you will have it ready to enjoy when you wake up! And waking up to the smell of fresh-brewed coffee in the morning is a great way to wake up.

Also, have the clothes you are going to wear the next day ready the night before.

Get up a little earlier to enjoy the sun rising.

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Drink your coffee out on your back porch.

Have your morning devotion time and quiet time with the Lord.

Make time for prayer in the morning, as it is essential to starting your day off on the right foot.

Praise the LORD and thank Him for the day.

No matter what our circumstances, whether working or not, or retired, we should all take the time to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, and it is time to stop “running around like chickens with their heads cut off!”

In other words, slow down. We are only here but for a short while, and although we all have things that need to be done each day, please take the time, or make the time, to enjoy the little things that make life oh so grand.

Although, I am one to give advice about this morning issue, I am not always one to follow my own advice. You are most likely to see a woman running around like . . . well, you know. Enough said here.

Another Aspect of This Comes to Mind Here Lately


Hmm . . . just thought about this in light of the political aspect of what is going on right now.

© Copyright Faith Reaper, September 6, 2012

This reminded me of a song from long ago. Please enjoy.

Simon & Garfunkel -The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovey)


Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on February 19, 2015:

Hi peachpurple,

Hmm, I never thought of it as a proverb, but just a funny saying. Now, I am curious as to where this saying does come. May have to research it.

Thank you for stopping by to read.


peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 19, 2015:

Oh i didn't know there is such proverbs, great hub.

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on October 08, 2014:

Hi Bridget F,

Thank you so much for visiting my side of HP Town! I appreciate your kind comment and taking the time here to read.

Bridget F from USA on October 07, 2014:

You make a great point about slowing down and taking the time to just take everything in. Thank you for writing this! :)

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on November 16, 2013:

Dear Crafty,

I can so relate to all of your comments here. Yes, burning the candle at both ends will have one running around like a chicken with its head cut off for sure!

Yes, preparing for the next morning the night before, is a big one for me in order to make one's morning a much more pleasant way to start the day off.

Thank you for reading and sharing.

Have a great weekend,

Faith Reaper

CraftytotheCore on November 16, 2013:

It is so important to take life slower. I was one of those who ran around literally like a chicken without my head for as long as I can remember after college. It was terrible. Some days I worked until midnight. Other times I worked five jobs at once. Not because I had to. Because I always pushed myself to do more and more. It became crazy keeping up with myself.

All of the tips here are great! I find that I still get frustrated when I don't do something the night before that will save me time. I end up doing it in the morning when my schedule is already overbooked, and then losing patience with myself for not preparing ahead of time! LOL

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on September 04, 2013:

I know, my husband described his grandmother as the executioner back when they had fresh fried chicken every night for dinner. Now, I feel bad because of your sweet baby chicks you have. How have they been doing? You still need to write a hub about that new adventure you have going on! That is how I looked today at work with all the stick notes all over. LOL Felt like a Monday.

Thanks for the vote up and share

Hugs, Faith Reaper

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on September 04, 2013:

Well now this is some sad pictures! lol I am listening to "Feelin' Groovy" and has been a long while since I heard that. I heard that expression a lot too and as a matter of fact I have seen it for real and my mommy was the executioner. Once did me though. I guess our moms had to be tough. Lucky we don't. Up and sharing.

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on July 20, 2013:

Hi again Sparklea,

Thanks so much for the double blessing this day with the two visits! LOL You found my headless chicken so-to-speak hub! LOL Yes, I have those days too, and learning to take time out to start my day off right before running out of the door, and it really helps to start off with Number One ... God!

I am thinking back to when I had written this, and I believe I remember I was having one of those days LOL, so time to regroup!

I will enjoy getting caught up on your amazing writes too. I will have more time after Sunday I believe to get caught back up with all of my HP reading and commenting . . . then writing too! : )

You're the best!

Have a lovely rest of the weekend sweet friend.

God bless you,

Faith Reaper

Sparklea from Upstate New York on July 20, 2013:

Faith, voted UP, USEFUL and FUNNY! LOVED the ending!

You are So RIGHT! I hate it when I have a 'chicken with my head cut off' moment! My brain feels like a Mexican jumping bean and I feel as if I am on a pogo stick, hopping from one thing to another and getting ZERO done. It's just awful...if I were to tally the minutes I have wasted scurrying around and racing the clock (the clock always wins) it would add up to thousands of minutes. I bet God knows, but He SO understands. You hit the nail on the head about racing to work, doing errands and starting over the next day.

Before I left my job, I DID make it a point to get up 4:30 a.m., go for my morning walk, and spend time with God before leaving the house. It makes a HUGE difference.

Your advice is wonderful and true. If more would begin their day in silence, with God, it would be so beneficial.

Even though I am not working and the kids are grown and gone, it still seems to be hectic at times. But I'm learning. Your hubs are so wonderful, I hope I can eventually read them all. THANK YOU FOR THIS VERY humorous and beneficial hub. Blessings, Sparklea :)

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on April 07, 2013:

Hi Rebecca,

So nice to meet you, and you found my chicken hub of all hubs! LOL

Yes, that nice quiet time in the mornings is the best too. Silence is really wonderful, isn't it!

Thank you for the lovely comments.

God bless, Faith Reaper

Rebecca Furtado from Anderson, Indiana on April 07, 2013:

Nice hub, I am not a morning person. I am usually going to bed at 4am. Easier be on a schedule , I am off work so no schedule. Think it is good to sit in the morning in the summer especially, love that early morning silence.

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on October 20, 2012:

Hi Dearest Epi,

I see you found my "headless chicken" hub. LOL You are WAY too kind with your lovely words for me to say the least. I always love your visits, as you are one of the best commenters on HP, as well as poets, of course . . . always making one feel special no matter what, which is very revealing of your kind heart.

I do so appreciate the sweetness in your words here. Sending you warm wishes from such a lovely beautiful sunny day under the azure blue skies of October here in southern USA 3:45 p.m.

In His Love, Faith Reaper

I know I must get busy publishing, but right now I have been enjoying just trying to catch up on reading all of the wonderful writers' work here on HP.

epigramman on October 20, 2012:

...much of your cherished writing reminds me of the late great Erma Bombeck which is quite a compliment indeed because you speak of the ironic truths in life with both wit and charm - your writing is so natural and refreshing because it always reflects your big beautiful unselfish heart and when people write from the heart like you do - it's a wonderous thing to behold and you certainly always hold your audience in the palm of your (writing) hand and we are better for it - thank you for your support and coming from someone as special as you it really does mean a lot - sending you warm wishes on a rain swept and windy day by lake erie time 4:34pm

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on September 17, 2012:

LOL, you found my headless chicken hub! Ha. I am so happy to see you visiting here. Please stop by again. Thank you for the kind comments. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Peter V from At the Beach in Florida on September 17, 2012:

What a great hub! And your tip about setting the coffee maker to auto brew is totally right! I hate when I wake up and have to wait for the coffee to brew!

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on September 12, 2012:

Hi RealHousewife - so glad for your visit here! LOL, I am just amazed that your daddy said the one about losing one's head if not attached. LOL I always just thought it was my mother in her unique special way. LOL Now, I am finding out that is not the case. Oh, yes, Gram is always right- a big Amen on that one, no doubt!!! I can tell you were brought up by a wonderful family with great values and character. God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on September 12, 2012:

Hi Faith! Ha! My daddy used to say the same thing about losing your head if wasn't attached:) lol

I do not run around like that - haste makes waste is what Gram said - and you know she was always right!

Great hub!

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on September 09, 2012:

Hi carter - I am so glad to see you visiting here today. Wow, all the way from Sydney, and your mum said the same saying. I love that, and thank you for sharing this with me. I guess it is really a small world and we are all not so different, and in many ways the same. Thank you so much for the kind words. Please stop by again. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Mary from Cronulla NSW on September 09, 2012:

Your hub is so great faith know my mum used to say it too and I lived on a farm where this was the normal way you got your chicken for dinner...but your words are so refreshing & encouraging, I loved it, thanks for writing this...VUUABI & shared...cheers

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on September 09, 2012:

Hi suzzy - Happy to see you here this morning. I am glad you enjoyed it, and please do enjoy your morning this lovely Sunday on your balcony. You know how to enjoy this life!!! I appreciate the nice thoughts today. Have a lovely day today. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on September 09, 2012:

Good Morning Blossom - It is so nice to see you here visiting this morning. I guess that saying is a lot more popular than I had thought. Whew, I am glad I can just go to the grocery store in lieu of having to ring a chicken's neck. LOL But if I had to do it, I could, or I would get someone else to do it. My husband tells me stories about his grandmother (who had 13 children, who were always hungry from working in the cotton fields all day long - God bless her) and having that freshly fried chicken on the table for supper, and how she would ring their necks (the chickens) , then chop and then have to let it drain upside down and then pluck all the feathers out of it ----I know if I saw the whole process, I do not know if I could eat chicken again. That is so funny about your mother probably wanting to ring you and your siblings' neck, and I can relate to that too!!! Ha. Thanks so much for visiting this morning and leaving comments to add to the subject here. I hope you have a lovely day today. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Susan Britton from Ontario, Canada on September 09, 2012:

I enjoyed your chicken humor this morning. So enough said I will take your advice and relax with my breakfast on the balcony this joyful Sunday morning!

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on September 08, 2012:

We had that saying in our family, although when it was time to actually dispatch a chicken we learned to wring their necks and that solved the problem. Our mother probably wished that was a solution for us sometimes, too!

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on September 08, 2012:

Hi Maria - so glad you stopped by this evening. I guess that morning this popped into my head, I was having one of those headless chicken days! LOL I am glad it made you smile. Ha. that is so funny about your mother too, saying that same thing. I am glad, though, to have never seen the chickens' heads being chopped. Thank you so much for your kind words here. I appreciate you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on September 08, 2012:

Dear Faith,

This brought smiles as my dea Momma, also raised in Washington GA, would also say the same thing to us...and she indeed grew up on a farm.

Profound and simple wisdom, beautifully penned. Thank you for the reminder. Voted UP and across the board. Hugs, Maria

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on September 08, 2012:

Hi cynthtggt - Wow, now your co-worker had it down right for sure. That is amazing. Once I saw a mother with a newborn baby in her arms and one hanging onto her leg, and followed by five other boys, coming into the dentist office, and I thought, oh boy, this is going to be fun. But would you believe, she was very coiffed too, not a hair out of place, and all the boys were so well behaved and just quietly went to sit down in the waiting room. I was just in awe. All the boys were well dressed and not a hair out of place too. I do not know how she did it, as she did not have her husband or anyone else with her to help with all those boys and the baby. Thank you for your great comment. I appreciate you stopping to read and adding to the point of the hub. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Cynthia Taggart from New York, NY on September 08, 2012:

So true what you said about "focus." I remember a co-worker and friend, a woman with 4 children, who, no matter how late she worked or how early she got up in morning, came to work perfectly "coiffed." I was always amazed, as I was always flustered and wore hardly any makeup all, and I had no children. She even had time to cook dinner and bring her leftovers to work with her for lunch! Her secret? She said, "I take my time and concentrate." Voted up.

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on September 08, 2012:

Good Morning Gypsy - (Well, I just commented and it just went away?) I am so glad to see you here too. Thanks for the vote up and passing on. I appreciate you so much. LOL Yes, we may just run right off the planet on those days without our heads or run into a brick wall. Ouch, that would slow us down, the hard way. I just noticed that Google placed a coffee machine ad on this hub, which is actually perfect for a change. They sometimes place ads that are not so related to the content of the hub, but this one is good. LOL I hope you have a lovely weekend as well. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on September 08, 2012:

Voted up and awesome. You are so right Faith. That's why we have to stop and do what we can for ourselves otherwise we may just run like chicken's without our heads right off of the planet. Hope your have a great weekend and thanks for the great suggestions. God bless. Passing this on.

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on September 07, 2012:

Hello again teaches - so nice to see you here again! I have never seen it live and in person and care not to see such! Yes, nothing better than a fresh-brewed cup of coffee to go along with our morning devotional time. You know it!!! Have a lovely evening. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Dianna Mendez on September 07, 2012:

It's true, they do run around when their heads are off. I have seen it. (it is actually a little frightening to see!). I love your suggestions and this will get me going on a good note. Coffee, is most wonderful first thing in the morning. It really goes well with my devotional time.

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on September 07, 2012:

Hi FreezeFrame - I love your hub name! And I am so glad you stopped by to read, and yes, those who miss us when we are doing that running around thing, going in 1000 different directions with no real purpose, well, no really good reason for doing such. You are welcome to stop in anytime. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on September 07, 2012:

HI TOBUSINESS - I did not miss you, as I had thought I commented this morning already, but it must have disappeared. I hate it when it does that. "Your old man" is the chicken without his head this morning. LOL Well, I can't laugh too hard, as I have plenty of mornings like that, poor man - that is a bad feeling when you think it is Saturday, but then it's not!!! I appreciate you stopping by to read and leave great comments. Well, he can rest in the morning, on the real Saturday. Bless his heart. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on September 07, 2012:

Hello Mary - I am so glad you are here visiting and I appreciate your comments as always. Yes, we all just need to slow it down a good bit and focus on what's important and stop running in 100 different directions to no avail! I am surprised that a good many know of this saying. Ha. Have a lovely evening. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on September 07, 2012:

LOL gottabegod - Well, they may get one cluck out of them after the chopping off of the head? So, cluck . . . and then oops! LOL It is so good to see my awesome friend and Sister in Christ here to comment on my headless chicken hub! Ha. Yes, and we know who is first priority, don't we - He is!!! Thanks so much for the delightful comments. P.S. "Paw Paw" doesn't know about the other post. Oops again. In His Love, Faith Reaper

FreezeFrame34 from Charleston SC on September 07, 2012:

Very true- we all need to slow down and enjoy our lives every once in a while and spend time with those who mean the world to us!

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on September 07, 2012:

Hi my friend kashmir - I am so very happy to see you as always stopping here to read and leaving great comments. I am glad you liked the politicians one. LOL It does seem just like what they are ALL doing right now. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on September 07, 2012:

Hello cleaner3 - Yes, it is a true account of real life for sure, but I am glad it made you smile, and that was my goal - that we not take ourselves so seriously all the time, and slow way down and focus on what is important in this life, as we are here only for a short while. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on September 07, 2012:

Hello Dearest Curiad - I am so happy to see you stopping by here. Yes, just sitting back and breathing sounds relaly good doesn't it! You are in my thoughts and prayers precious one. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on September 07, 2012:

Hi billybuc - so glad to see you here on my headless chicken hub. LOL Exactly, as to your comment, "modern society moves about as if there is no purpose . . ." That is my main point here. I am glad you like the politicians one, and that just came to me at the very last minute - seems like exactly what they are ALL doing! Ha. Have a lovely evening dear one. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Mary Hyatt from Florida on September 07, 2012:

Great Hub, Faith, good advice for everyone. I grew up on a farm and I know that expression well.

I voted this Hub UP, etc. and I will share. Many thanks, Mary

gottabegod on September 07, 2012:

Cluck! Cluck! Well, I guess one can't 'cluck' without a head, LOL!!

Very good hub, sweet sister, very good indeed! There will always be plenty of things pressing us for our time and attention, but if we will give the most important things first priority, we will be able to maintain our sanity!

Voted up, awesome, beautiful, funny & interesting!!

God bless chickie!

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on September 07, 2012:

Hi Faith, great well written hub and a awesome read. We all need to slow down and enjoy life more, loved the politicians bit :-) .

cleaner3 from Pueblo, Colorado on September 07, 2012:

great write, this is a true experience of daily life and brought a smile to my face . Thank You.

Curiad on September 07, 2012:

Great article Faith, we all need to sit back and breath.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 07, 2012:

Well my dear, I have been on a farm and I have seen chickens with their heads cut off, and your point is an excellent one. Modern society moves about as if there is no purpose other than to move about....stop, relax, and enjoy life.

As for the politicians, you had me laughing with that one.

Peace and happiness to you,


Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on September 07, 2012:

Hi wetnosedogs - LOL, "chicken head moments," and I do so as well. And you have described it so well, "running around like crazy and just can't seem to get out of the house . . ." On those days, I bet your dogs are thinking, "why is mommy running around like that, and not taking more time with us before she runs out of the door?" Poor things. No, I am sure that, even on those days, you make sure you give them some love before running out of the house. Have a great Friday and weekend. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on September 07, 2012:

Good morning PS - I am looking forward to that wonderful time in my life too! Contratulations, on not having to be in the "rat race" is another way to put it. Ha. I have slowed down a good bit, but still have my days of running around like that in a 100 different directions. I appreciate your comments here. Enjoy your day doing all the wonderful things you do. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on September 07, 2012:

My old man was the proverbial chicken this morning, the alarm went and he turned it off, convinced it was Saturday, then suddenly it dawned on him. Nice work voting up.

wetnosedogs from Alabama on September 07, 2012:

I certainly have those chicken head moments and don't like it at all.I am running around like crazy and just can't seem to get out of the house at the normal time for work. Most times I do wake up before my alarm goes off and that I like. Great hub to read this a.m.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on September 07, 2012:

Faith Reaper....Good morning...I was that chicken for years. Having retired one year ago this month, I am no longer the chicken, praise God, for that.

Hopefully those who read this will become less of a chicken and learn to slow down and enjoy each moment more. Sometimes we just lose sight of ways to make our lives maintain that even keel that will help us to live more fully.

Thank you, Faith Reaper, for sharing this with us.

Your Friend in Christ, ps

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on September 06, 2012:

Yikes - rcrumple - I did not know that about the snakes!!! But I am so glad to see you so early this morning stoppying by to read and love your unique comments as always. I am glad you laughed here. Thanks for the Vote up. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Rich from Kentucky on September 06, 2012:

Another saying back in the farmlands was to "stay away from dead snakes." As like chickens, snakes have motor reflexes long after death and will bite. This also was a warning to watch out what you say about a dead person you never cared for. Kind of another version of "judge not..."

Very nicely done hub! Many smiles and memories! Up & funny & interesting

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on September 06, 2012:

Morning Lord - you are always up so late/early, I mean, and I am always so happy to see you popping in to read and comment. Yes, I have to laugh when I see others running around like this, but then when it's me, not so funny anymore! Ha. I appreciate you always. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on September 06, 2012:

Hi Debbie - so glad to see so early this morning! Yes, it is hard not to run around like a chicken with its head cut off, but we can try to slow down. Thanks for your comments. I appreciate you. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Joseph De Cross from New York on September 06, 2012:

Hi Faith! This was funny at times. For some, the older they get, the more time they take in fulfilling a task. But for some unthinkable reason, we wish a day could have an extra hour. I do laugh sometimes about situations and people in a hurry. You are right, we can get some things ready the night before and wake up with the right foot. Wonderful ideas and a fresh reminder for us all. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on September 06, 2012:

Hi faith.. I love this.. and so true.. I am always running around like my head is cut off.. OHHH sounds so painful doesn't it?

blessings my sweet friend


Faith Reaper (author) from southern USA on September 06, 2012:

Good Evening, well I mean, Good Morning Jackie! So good to see you this early in the morning. Yes, time with God is always good, and I must have been feeling like a chicken with its head cut off this morning for this to pop into my mind. LOL I appreciate you. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on September 06, 2012:

I am familiar with that saying I too have witnessed those beheaded chickens, so sad. Turned me against chicken many years. Good advice you have and I have had some days like that too! lol Not fun. Time with God is good for us any time we can manage it and taking Him with us too. GB

Oh, loved the song!

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