A friend shared this lovely passage with me. We don’t know where it came from, but it speaks to how we are all connected. Please enjoy.
Growing Good Corn
There 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 in other dimensions.
Those who choose to be at peace must help their neighbors to be at 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.
- For me, the key phrase is: “for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches”. I believe that we are all connected, and all of our intentions and actions affect others, probably more than we realize. If we help others, the goodness will be returned to us. If you ever wonder what the value of your life is, think about how you have affected other lives.