Sowing Award-Winning Seeds

This was sent to me by a friend and I immediately thought of all the blogs I enjoy reading:

James Bender, in his book “How To Talk Well“, relates the story of a farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year the farmer entered his corn in the State Fair 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 in competition with you 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.”

He is 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 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. So if you have something good, don’t keep it to your self. Share it. It is when we give that we receive… and much more.


  1. What a lovely–and apt–metaphor. Thanks for sharing it.(Came in thru Blog Explosion.)Mir

  2. Hi Jim–Thanks for dropping by my site. Blogger appears to be letting me post anonymously here, so maybe it is a glitch that’s been fixed. I enjoyed my visit here and will be back by.TW

  3. Thank you for sharing your something good. It made me smile and go aaah, which is always a good thing. G’day.

  4. Thanks for sharing this great example of someone who understands “we reap what we sow,” both literally and figuratively.

  5. Very nice story. Found my way here via blogexplosion. You are definitely going in my bookmarks!

  6. Jim,Very nice post, just the type of inspiration to keep going.Kev

  7. Great story!

  8. Dianne - Wahms United December 7, 2004 at 4:07 am

    What a wonderful story – thanks so much for sharing this!! I too found your blog through blog explosion and am blogmarking it – I’ve enjoyed reading through your posts!Dianne

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