A Blessed Harvest

Nov 30, 2023

On this Thanksgiving morning, I find myself reflecting on the idea of harvest. Not just in the traditional sense of crops and fields, but in the broader context of life’s yield - the culmination of our efforts, choices, and the external factors that shape them.

This year, like many before, has been a patchwork of successes and challenges. I’ve come to realize that harvests vary greatly. Some are bountiful, surpassing expectations, while others are considerably more modest, reminding us of the unpredictability of life. This variance isn't just about what we sow but also how we nurture and tend to our fields, both literal and metaphorical.

Consider this: in farming, as in life, preparation and effort are fundamental. We choose the seeds, till the soil, and plan meticulously. Yet, there are elements beyond our control - the weather, unforeseen ailments, or market fluctuations. Similarly, in our personal and professional lives, we dream, plan, put in the hours, and invest our hearts. Still, we aren't assured a bountiful "harvest" due to the unforeseen political, economic, and social challenges that will inevitably aid or impede our "harvest".

Despite these uncertainties, or maybe because of them, there's an inherent value in gratitude. Being thankful for what we've harvested - be it a bumper crop or a more modest yield - while sometimes difficult, is critical. It’s not just about the quantity but the journey and the lessons learned along the way. Gratitude grounds us, helping us to appreciate what we have, even in the leanest of times.

Moreover, hope is a powerful companion to gratitude. Hope looks forward, inspiring us to prepare for the next planting season, and to dream of a richer harvest. It encourages us to learn from the past, adapt our techniques, and maybe, give a new "seed" or method a try.

That leads me to this week's challenge... This Thanksgiving, take a moment and reflect on your personal harvest. Acknowledge your efforts, take count of both the good and bad external factors that played a role, and most importantly, be thankful for what you have reaped. Let gratitude fill your heart, and let hope guide your view to the horizon of future possibilities. Whether our harvest is plentiful or modest, it deserves our appreciation. The blend of effort, preparation, and external influences makes each harvest unique and valuable. Let's be thankful for what we have and hopeful for what the future holds.

I’m thankful that you stayed home from work today, that you took the time to read this, and for being a part of what makes Ag Partners the world’s greatest cooperative!

Happy Thanksgiving!