Nate’s Monday Morning Message
Welcome to this edition of Nate’s Monday Morning Message! Its hard to believe we are approaching the end of the school year and the triple digits of summer in Arizona are here. I hope that you will take some time to plan your summer and create memories that last a lifetime with your family and friends.
I was listening to a book the other day called Charging the Human Battery and this quote is from chapter ten: “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forward.” – Kierkegaard.
Understanding that we are in control of our destiny and ultimately our happiness is essential in creating the life we want to live. Staying stuck in the past or hanging onto old hurts and grudges does not allow us to move forward. What do you need to let go of in order to move forward with your life? Who do you need to forgive? You are in control. Let’s make it a great week!
Growing Good Corn, Author Unknown
There once was a farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon.
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. It is possible to give away and become richer! It is also possible to hold on too tightly and lose everything. Yes, the liberal man shall be rich! By watering others, he waters himself.
WORDS OF INSPIRATION
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” – Seneca
“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” – Lewis B. Smedes