Traveling through Ohio, Indiana Illinois, and now Iowa, I am shocked – as far as the eye can see 100’s of miles and miles of corn, corn that has not been picked, corn that looks like it should have been picked – it’s totally brown. Every once in a while a patch of corn has been cleared? Why is all this corn being left to die? It’s been that way in four states now!
Is it the trade war? Maybe no one wants our corn. Or maybe it has to do with the water. For months I have been passing bodies of waters, lakes, ponds, rivers, streams with overflowing banks. Over and over again I see tens of dozens of trees that normally would not sit in water are covered up well past their roots.
Suddenly, I see Farmer Jim. He is riding his tractor towards me and I wave to him to stop. He kindly obliges. His cap reveals his military service for which I promptly thank him and then ask with somewhat of alarm, “Would you be so kind as to answer my questions about all of this corn! Why is it all left to die?”
“Water” he tells me. “Too much water, but no need to worry, the corn is fine like this for another couple months. We just need to let the land dry out a bit.”
Well there you have it! Farmer Jim wasn’t worried at all. After seeing hundreds and hundreds of miles of brown corn, spanning four states, and no doubt more to see as I travel through Iowa, I no longer have to worry. The farmers have it all under control. And to top it off Farmer Jim made my day! He helped me see how needless all my worry was. He helped me to be kind to myself.
Thank you Farmer Jim for all of your kindness! You are definitely a Road Angel!
Kindness: First to yourself and others!
What’s your kind of quotient today?