The Power of Corn

First of all, I’d just like to say that I appreciate farmers.  The hard work.  The endless hours.  The food that is produced.  Their knowledge of everything on their farm, including weeds and bugs.  I knew what surrounded a farming business, but after 2 hours in the corn field weeding and getting all the purslane and various weeds of all sizes–including giant ones which require me to squat and pull pull pull…  Holy crap!

My back hurts, I have a teensy sunburned spot from where my shirt rose above my shorts and exposed my sensitive milky white skin, my knees are a little cut up from crawling through the harder spots of dirt to ensure I was pulling a weed and not a maturing corn stalk–and the big picture here is not that I am whining or complaining but that I enjoyed the whole shebang.  Truly.  I was covered from head to toe in dirt–even after showering I think I still have some dirt spots left.  Unfortunately, there is no picture this time because I was in need of food and after hosing myself down rushed home to feed my face and my cranky hubby (because I was so set on completing the weeding that I lost track of time).

BOTTOM LINE:  Take time to thank a farmer for your good food that you’re consuming.

In fact, here’s a quick word from my new favorite farmers Rouse (It’s actually Steve but I like to call him Rouse better) and Vicky:

Most of us have a family doctor, a dentist, an insurance agent, a garbage man etc. that we have to help take care of our family. Do you have a farmer to take care of what maybe the most important need of all? Probably not.

Isn’t it funny that we want to know everything about our cars, TV’s, schools, our community, but when it comes to the food we eat, the stuff we actually put into our bodies, many of us don’t have a clue. We really don’t know where it comes from, who grows it, how’s it grown, what’s sprayed on it, how it’s harvested or anything. It just doesn’t make sense. Wouldn’t it be nice to know the farmer who grows your family’s food? What a concept! You could see and learn how your food is grown. Heck, you can even stop by for a visit while it’s being grown.

Ok, that’s the first part.

Now. Let’s get down to my inspiration from the corn field.  Before being sent off on my own row of corn full of weeds, Rouse showed me the difference between a grass that grows around the corn that is very similar to a growing corn stalk, along with all the other weeds as well.  The only difference between this grass and the corn is the little tinge of red at the bottom of the corn.

NOTE TO READER:  There aren’t any pictures from my experience today; unfortunately, instead of sharing pictures from the farm, I had to Google some look alikes–NONE FROM ROUSE’s FARM.

So, on my hands and knees, trying not to disturb too many bugs from their homes–and especially, send them away from me–I weeded through and determined what went to the weed pile and what stayed to turn into a crop to eventually be harvested.  Hopefully.  (I must confess my favorite part was that I was in complete peace and quiet besides the lovely ladies clucking away.  So awesome!!)

I was cussing this stuff.

**While I was there, I began thinking how life is sometimes sneaky with weeds.  How, sometimes, there are weeds that look just like reality, or a goal, but they are sort of just in the way.  They are there to side track you, get you flustered, and even possibly give up your goal.  The darn things just sprout up and try to take over, completely.  They are only missing the little tinge of color at the bottom.

The problem is if you mistake them and leave them to grow they can slowly suck the life out of the growing corn aka your goal….

That’s quite the analogy–corn stalk to life, right?  But, think about how true it is.  There’s always something in each of our lives that could easily sabotage a goal if we fall prey.  This is where being smart, looking around, and analyzing the situation comes about.

Sometimes, the weeds were so close to the corn that when I removed them the soil pulled away and caused the corn to be unstable.  I had to push a little mound of dirt around the vulnerable corn to ensure that it would be stable and continue to grow.  I felt sort of like a big sister protecting my new friends to ensure they can reach full maturity.

Towards the end, I started to get really overwhelmed with hunger and fatigue from the sun (and I probably kicked my own butt in cycling prior to as well).  So, those weeds certainly seemed to look more like corn.  That was hard because I really had to dig deep in my mind and overcome the current symptoms to protect the little corn stalks that might fall prey to my hurried hands.  (Side note–this is similar to swinging a kettlebell; when you get tired you can tell your brain to still make your butt keep chomping your pants!)

Dig deep.

Bottom line:  Stop.  Think about your goals.

Don’t let something silly get in the way.  Do not allow yourself to become overwhelmed with symptoms causing you to simply seek ease instead of hard work.

It should also be noted that just like farmers, sometimes we work to protect and feed a growing “crop” but it doesn’t pan out and provide the results we WANTKeyword:  want.  Sometimes, there is a higher power that knows what is better for us and often may see something we don’t.  Perhaps it isn’t something we want but something that turns out later we actually NEEDED instead.

Anywho, that’s the inspirational story that I came up with my work at the farm today.

Stay cool.  Stay hydrated.  And, keep rockin’ life with a big smile!

Ape

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