A wise person once told me, “Experience is what we get, when we don’t get what we want.” It is a mantra I carry with me every day that also applies to life as a farmer. Drought, flooding, strong winds, hail, insect invasions, resistant weeds and plant diseases are all experiences that can happen throughout the growing season. No two years are ever the same and good or bad, each year is an experience…
Life on the farm has certainly changed this procrastinating perfectionist. This spring marks four years we have been on the farm. In those four years, we have witnessed a record breaking drought, followed by a 70 year flood that forced us to evacuate and live with my in-laws (who lucky for me, are wonderful) for a month. Luckily, the levee held, the river receded and after some extensive spring cleaning, we were able to move back to our little house on the levee.
We have also seen record high grain prices that have made me think just maybe I can afford that new Tory Burch bag I’ve been ogling on Nordstrom’s online. Only to be followed by lower prices or a machinery repair or an irrigation breakdown that makes one instantly remove said bag from my virtual shopping cart. I have learned that I can plan and prepare all I want to; God just laughs and reminds me He is in control. Patience, flexibility and four step breathing are all skills I recommend you acquire and hone if you wish to live the farm life.
While it can be challenging at times, it can be just as rewarding. Watching a crop you planted grow, prosper and yield is incredibly fulfilling. I used to end each of my broadcasts, “This is AgriBusiness Director DeAnna Thomas reminding you that agriculture is more than food, feed and fuel, it is the foundation of our future.” It truly is an honor to be part of the 2 percent that helps feed and fuel the world and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
So, experience might be what you get when you don’t get what you want. But, those experiences happen for a reason. My experiences, both good and bad, have taught me important life lessons that have shaped me into the person I am today. And while I might not have realized it at the time, it is through those experiences that I have learned the best is yet to come. This quote hangs on a sign in our bathroom.
“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
– Marilyn Monroe
Maybe you are going through one of those experiences right now. Maybe you are in a place of uncertainty, a place of change or, as one of my great friends says, “Maybe you’re just not in a great place.” While you might not realize it at the time, please know that God has a plan for you, there is hope and the best is yet to come.