Matters of the Heart

Planting strong leadership seeds

Published in the May 2009 Issue Published online: May 03, 2009
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When the sun goes down at the end of the day, are we aware of the blessings that have touched our lives that day? Do we reassess the events with people whom we have shared thoughts, looked to for influence or initiated conversation both good and bad?

What about the frame our heart and mind are in: did we do the best we could? Do our busy schedules leave out room for our own heart-to-heart visits with family or friends?

Do we focus on good economic times to determine our attitudes toward productivity in our business? Can we recognize that when times are tough, irritability starts to seep into our daily activities?

This is when we need to step back, re-evaluate our priorities and review our future goals. Now that the crops are in the field and the growing season has begun perhaps we can plant new attitudes for our own personal growth. This in turn will directly affect our economic return in terms of handling disheartening challenges. At the very least a better attitude will help with these tough times, in my opinion.

Martha Washington said, “I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.”

Wise words to live by from one of our Founding Father’s endearing loved ones. One can only imagine what Martha went through while her husband was out leading the country during perilous times at the dawn of a great era. She was a strong leader in her own right and left a written legacy of positive instruction.

This is a time when our country needs strong leadership in all areas of our lives. Stalwart leadership in the agriculture industry is paramount to success. Whether it is on a private farm, agricultural organization or in the nationwide arena there are many eyes and ears seeking sturdy guidance during harsh economic situations.

It takes more than just nice words and a flashy smile because what American citizens want are results that don’t jeopardize liberties.