Over the past few months, I’ve been more of an observer on social media than a participant. This is partially due to the overwhelming (but extremely rewarding) choice of becoming an Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor. It is also because I’m a perfectionist, so naturally, any spare time has been spent working on lesson plans, learning from amazing teacher mentors, FFA activities, and every so often, sleeping…
Through my observations whether it’s on Facebook, Twitter, or perusing my favorite Blogs, I’ve witnessed life’s curve balls. God must be a baseball fan (hopefully he loves the Cardinals as much as I do) because on almost a daily basis, a friend loses a loved one, another welcomes new life (human and/or animal), and then there’s everything in between from unexpected hospital stays, accidents, and hurt feelings to deployments, vacations, and engagements…I could go on. But, it is through my friends and friends of friends that I’m constantly reminded that this life we are living here on earth can change with one phone call or in this day and age, a social media post.
The uncertainty of what curve ball life is going to throw us next can easily be compared to farming. Every year brings a new set of challenges, changes, and chaos to each and every farmer across the United States. Weather, markets, input prices, wishy-washy landlords, family/neighbor disputes, state and/or federal regulations, and more are just some of the things farmers have rolling around in their minds as they prepare for the 2015 planting season. Despite the risk, stress, and uncertainty, farmers faithfully plant their crop each and every spring, rain or shine. At times, they think any other job would be so much easier. But, when it comes right down to it, no farmer I know would trade their hard, long hours of sweat and sacrifice in pursuing their chosen career of feeding and fueling the world for anything. It’s an example I think each and every one of us can learn from.
Sure. We can practice, plan, prepare and try to prevent those curve balls in life from happening, but that is so unrealistic. Life happens each and every day (don’t believe me – just read your Facebook news feed) Sure, you can spend your life wondering, worrying, and wishing on past, present, and future curve balls, but that is exhausting. Been there. Done that. Doesn’t work.
The one thing I know and have found to be true is that if you’re lucky enough to wake up each and every morning, make the MOST of it. Babe Ruth once said, “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” Don’t let those curve balls strike you out and take you out of the game.
One of my great friends shared with me one of her many secrets to success and I want to share it with you…Even if you think the day isn’t going to be great, in fact you’re convinced it’s just going to be absolutely, positively terrible, shout “TODAY IS GOING TO BE GREAT!” enthusiastically with gumption and fortitude, and yes out loud. Repeat if you feel necessary. Then, go about your business, and later on when you’re reflecting on the day’s events you’ll realize, “Hmm, it WAS a GREAT DAY!” Seriously, you may think I’m absolutely crazy, but it does work. Try it.
What it all boils down to is this, life can be peaceful, messy, crazy, ugly, and beautiful all at the same time. And when it throws you a curve ball, choose to hit it out of the park; in fact make it a Grand Slam. My mentor once told me, “Life is about your choices, not your circumstances, guaranteed.” Amen. It’s a piece of advice I strive to live by each and every day. May the Good Lord Bless you with a wonderful Spring season and I promise I’ll be back to post sooner rather than later. -D