There was a farmer who grew excellent quality wheat and every season he won the award for the best grown in his county. One year a reporter from the local newspaper interviewed the farmer and learned that each Spring the man shared his seed with his neighbors so that they too could plant it in their fields.
“How can you afford to share your best wheat seed with your neighbors when they are entering their crops in the competition with yours?” the reporter asked.
“Why that’s very simple,” the farmer explained. “The wind picks up pollen from the developing wheat and carries it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior wheat, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of all the wheat, including mine. If I am to grow good wheat, I must help my neighbors grow good wheat”.
The reporter realized how the farmer’s explanation also applied to everyone’s life in the most essential way. If we want to live a meaningfully life, we will choose to enrich the lives of others, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy will choose help others find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.
I have two questions for you. What will you do to enrich the lives of those you come in contact with today? What will you do to help your family and friends find happiness? Please share your thoughts here.