Growing Good Corn
One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors.
“How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?” the reporter asked.
“Why sir,” said the farmer, “didn’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn.”
He is very much aware of the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbor’s corn also improves.
So it is with our lives. Those who choose to live in peace must help their neighbors to live in peace. Those who choose to live well must help others to live well, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others to find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.
The lesson for each of us is this: if we are to grow good corn, we must help our neighbors grow good corn.
You can practice this principle starting by waking up each morning, asking yourself what you need? For example: If you felt sad, than you need joy. If you felt unappreciated, than you need appreciation. Once you defined you need joy, than make it a point to bring some joy to everyone see. Or if you determine you need appreciation, than tell as many people as possible what is it about them that you appreciate.
Getting the idea? You will find that by giving out what you wished to have in your world, you will receive what you wish in your world. Whatever you want, start giving it out first. If you want love, give out love. If you want happiness, make more people happy. If you want to be wealthy, help more people build wealth. If you want more out of life, give more.
Those who understand the true meaning of success, are the ones who share.
Imperfect Action is better than No Action