One could be literal, and think of physical strength. The ability to exert physical force. For me, the first definition that comes to mind is the texture, density, and durability of the fiber than makes up who we are. Strength doesn’t have to be limited to the physical realm. 2010 tested my strength, my force of will, in many ways. 2011 will, as well, but the sources of trial will probably be different.
What does this have to do with agriculture? What does this have to do with me?
Well, the holidays can be hard on someone going through some lifestyle changes, such as I am. They were hard. However, in trial comes learning. No one can ever say they came out of a difficult situation without picking up something new. In fact, I stick by the words of country musician Sara Evans: “Even on my weakest days, I get a little bit stronger.”
Strength is finding a way through the darkness, even if it means you have to lean on others for guidance. Sometimes strength is what it takes to ask others for that help. Sometimes strength is facing a day that seems too difficult, and making it from dawn to dusk without giving in to your fears.
We all need a source of strength sometimes. For me, that comes in the form of heroes. A lot of these heroes are everyday people, who lead fairly ordinary lives. Many of them are farmers. Consider this: a farmer faces immense risks on a day-to-day, monthly, and annual basis. Bills to pay, mouths to feed, and the odds against them…farmers have to stay strong through adversity. Farmers and ranchers face tough decisions, situations, and obstacles each and every day. They feed us, clothe us, and generally go thankless. They have some of the hardest jobs out there.
Farmers and ranchers have strength. So, when life deals you some lemons, make lemonade. Stay strong. Look to your heroes. Remember people who have to face adversity every single day. With that, I leave you with Sara Evans, and her latest single, “A Little Bit Stronger.”